Take the science lovers in your family to the MSUM Planetarium to learn more about the solar system and the known universe!
What to do:
Go to one of their various shows throughout the year — some are holiday-themed! Check out their Facebook page to see current offerings.
Sit back, relax, and tour the planets through a night sky simulation.
Why we love the MSUM Planetarium:
The planetarium uses the premier Elumenati projector and Uniview scientific software. These presentations will captivate kids through spectacular imagery, creating a dynamic and total immersion experience.
It provides quality science-based programs to teach kids more about the stars and our solar system.
The enthusiastic students running the shows make it not just educational, but also fun.
Continue the interest and learning with the Planetarium Resources — a listing of resources for aspiring astronomers to learn more about the wonders of the night sky (including astronomy basics, NASA, and sunrise/sunset times and moon phases).
And watch for celestial events using the Planetarium Sky Calendar. This resource provides free sky maps and planets in the sky this month.
Good to know:
Location: The planetarium is located on the MSU Moorhead campus in Bridges Hall on 11th Street South between 7th and 9th Avenues South. And the easiest way to find the planetarium is to drive down 11th Street South (the one-way street on the west side of campus). Driving down 11th Street South, there are three large buildings on the left and the planetarium is located in the middle building, Bridges Hall, Room 167.
The planetarium comfortably seats 62. Also, it is handicapped accessible with room for up to six wheelchairs.
Food or drink is not allowed in the Planetarium.
Programs last 50 minutes and this includes time for questions.
Planetarium parking is free after 4:30 p.m. weekdays and all weekend (except for select 24-hour reserved spots, which are clearly labeled). In addition, most of the parking lots are located west of 11th Street South or north of 9th Avenue South. Also, you may park on the streets nearby or request permits from the MSUM Parking Office.
Overall, the MSUM Planetarium is a great place for fun and learning!