UMD Planetarium offers free Astronomy Day events

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 25 marks International Astronomy Day, a day encouraging people to gaze up at the stars. To mark the occasion and encourage folks to learn more about the cosmos, members of the Astronomy Club at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are coordinating a series of free events at UMD’s Marshall H. Alworth Planetarium.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24, Physics Professor Marc Seigar will share a free Planetarium presentation from NASA to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope. It will feature many spectacular images as well as the history and significance of the space telescope’s contributions to our understanding of the universe.

On Saturday, April 25, more activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new full-dome planetarium show called “Sunstruck” will premiere with showings at 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. The 20-minute show takes viewers on a journey to discover the wonders of our sun and its potential effects on our technology and future.  A full schedule of events is available at the planetarium’s website at

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