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Art, science department collaboration wows

Posted on September 15, 2017

Planetarium Director, Sara Schultz and Art Professor Brad Bachmeier were granted $9,000 to work in guiding art and science students to research and execute educationally accurate and visually dynamic murals to renovate the hallway entrance and walls for the planetarium. With this phase finished, Art students will now work with Youth Educational Services Art Teacher Karen Anderson and her students this fall in completing Phase 2.  Stop by and check out the impact of the amazing new and colorful murals.

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Cassini’s Grand Finale

Posted on September 15, 2017

Friday, Sept. 15 | 3-4 p.m. | Planetarium – BR 167
Presenter: Boston Heaford

After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry.  Read the rest of this entry →

Watch the solar eclipse safely; do not look at the sun

Posted on August 21, 2017

The Great American Eclipse will take place Monday, Aug. 21 starting at 11:30 a.m. Looking at the sun for any length of time during the eclipse will damage your eyes. Please be safe! While there are no eclipse glasses available, the attached pinhole viewer sheet gives directions on how you can watch the eclipse safely.

You can also attend MSUM’s eclipse viewing event with several stationary viewing opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in G-3 parking lot, corner of 6th Ave. S. and 11th St. S. Two telescope stations using solar filters will be set up for viewing, and eight stations will utilize shared eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

Please, do not look directly at the sun.

Safe watching!

Watch the Great American Eclipse Safely Aug. 21

Posted on August 17, 2017

No more eclipse glasses are available at MSUM; free viewing still on

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Planetarium and Bookstore have run out of the 10,000 protective eye glasses it ordered for the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. No more glasses are available at the MSUM Bookstore or the Planetarium.

According to a story in USA Today, stores across the country have sold out of special eclipse-watching glasses as well.

MSUM will still hold its eclipse viewing event with several stationary viewing opportunities.   Read the rest of this entry →

Watch the Great American Eclipse Safely Aug. 21

Posted on August 11, 2017

Free viewing begins at 11:30 a.m. on MSUM campus 

The Great American Eclipse marks the first day of classes at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Monday, Aug. 21. Most Americans with clear skies will be able to observe a total or partial solar eclipse. Fargo-Moorhead will experience a partial solar eclipse with just over 80 percent of the sun being blocked from view.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that hits the Earth’s surface. Since it is never safe to look directly at the sun, MSUM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is holding a viewing on campus.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM new hires

Posted on August 07, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by their departments to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon! 

July 28, 2017

  • Bertha Vasquez – Art Gallery Director, College of Arts, Media, and Communication (Re-hire)

 July 31, 2017

  • Melissa Dingmann – Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

August 1, 2017

  • Sara Schultz – Planetarium Director, College of Science, Health & the Environment (Re-hire) 

August 7, 2017

  • Mikaela Scullen – Early Education Center Teacher, Early Education Center (Re-hire)
  • Kristen Fildes – Early Education Center Teacher, Early Education Center
  • Karisa Gratton – Early Education Center Teacher, Early Education Center
  • Ryan Koehler – Graphic Arts Specialist (Graphic Designer), Marketing & Communications

Four MSUM students present at national planetarium conference

Posted on July 31, 2017

July 18-20 four MSUM Physics and Astronomy students attended and presented at the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  Melissa Foley, Boston Heaford, Jane Glanzer and Elizabeth Dougherty, along with Planetarium Director Sara Schultz,  presented their work on developing science content and programming for the planetarium. The conference was focused on engaging and educating planetarium audiences in a wide variety of ways including presentation skills and interpreting complex data sets for general audiences.  The development work was funded in part by the Strong Summer Research Internship.

Eclipse: The Sun Revealed

Posted on July 04, 2017

July 16 – Aug. 20 | Sundays at 2 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges 167)

The Sun Revealed takes you on a journey through the historical and cultural view of eclipses, the geometry that gives us eclipses, how to safely view an eclipse, and even gives a first-hand account of one eclipse chaser’s experience during a total solar eclipse. You can even purchase your own Solar Viewing Glasses at the show!

The show leads up to The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21, 2017, the first day of fall semester. MSUM will be hosting a viewing party at Nemzek Field, and more information will become available closer to the event.

Planetarium Shows

Posted on May 22, 2017


Sunday, May 28 | 2 & 3 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

Planetarium awarded $9,000 from Lake Region Arts Council

Posted on April 24, 2017

​The MSUM Planetarium has been awarded $9,000 to undertake a large-scale mural project.

The MSUM Planetarium, Youth Educational Services (YES) and MSUM School of Art, will plan and execute several large-scale astronomically and educationally based glow-in-the dark murals for the entrance and inside of the MSUM Planetarium. The large scale works will fill over 100 linear feet of wall space. We will accomplish this project by including apprenticeship opportunities for MSUM Art students and volunteer hours from the YES alternative high school students. Work will begin this summer and extend through AY 17-18.

Talk at the Planetarium about fractals: Math Club seminars

Posted on April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | Planetarium

Dr. Damiano Fulghesu will give a talk titled “Recurrence Sequences and Chaos.”  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Student-Developed Planetarium Shows

Posted on April 07, 2017

Friday, April 7 | 3 p.m. | Planetarium– BR 167  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Student-Developed Planetarium Shows

Posted on March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31 | 3 p.m. | Planetarium (BR 167)  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Student-Developed Planetarium Shows

Posted on March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges 167)  Read the rest of this entry →

Party like it’s 2099 with us at LaserFest

Posted on March 20, 2017

March 16-20 | MSUM Planetarium (Bridges Hall room 167)

Laser Fest is a five-day long event celebrating the Magic of Music, as you enjoy the Symphony of Lasers overhead. Featuring music from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and U2. This five-day long event has something for everyone, including children’s programs. All shows are open to all ages. This is your chance to see something truly spectacular.  Read the rest of this entry →

LaserFest preview during lunch

Posted on March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Bridges 167

Grab your lunch and head to the Planetarium! Come enjoy the dazzling laser light effects in the MSUM Planetarium. Preview the shows that will be featured at this weekend’s LaserFest. Come and go as you please!  Read the rest of this entry →

LaserFest 2017

Posted on February 27, 2017

Join us for the MSUM Planetarium’s 4th Annual LaserFest! Come rock out under the dome in an experience like none other in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Treat your senses to pulsing beats, incredible imagery and dazzling laser light effects. Featuring music from over five decades, hearts, eyes and ears will enjoy the beautiful colors and laser art set to a collection of musical delights in an immersive visual environment. From Rock to Pop, Metal to Alternative there is sure to be something for the whole family. Tickets will be available online and at the door.

  • Show Length: 40-45 minutes
  • Admission:
    • $8 – General
    • $5 – Tri-College Students, Senior (55+), and children (12 and under)
  • Note that since this is a special event, we cannot accept planetarium passes. SaveCoin vouchers specifically for LaserFest may be redeemed.
  • Shows start promptly. Due to the darkened environment, there will be no late admission or readmission for audience members who leave during the show.

Planetarium, Physics & Astronomy awarded Eclipse Outreach Grant

Posted on February 22, 2017

Sara Schultz, Planetarium Director, and Juan Cabanela, Physics/Astronomy Faculty, have been awarded an American Astronomical Society (AAS) grant to support 2017 Great North American Eclipse outreach. The grant will include partnerships with YES School, FM Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, CHARISM, and the public libraries of Fargo and West Fargo. It will support the purchase of solar scopes and eclipse model kits for each participating organization as well as a planetarium show on the physics behind and safe viewing techniques of a Solar Eclipse.

The Great American Solar Eclipse will happen on August 21, 2017. The entire U.S. will be able to see some degree of solar eclipse (where the Moon blocks out some or all of the Sun) while a narrow band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a TOTAL eclipse. For more information go here:​.

Romance Under the Stars: Valentine’s Day in the Planetarium

Posted on February 14, 2017

Need a last minute gift for that special someone?  Looking for something other than the typical flowers and candy?  Well, fortunately for you stars and romance go hand in hand. Enchant your date this Valentine’s Day with the help of the MSUM Planetarium! Witness the beauty of the cosmos as we observe the charming nature of our solar system.

Showtimes at 7 and 8 p.m. on Feb. 14

Tickets are located at the MSUM Box Office.

Pacheco’s work to be featured at University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Posted on February 09, 2017

Professor of Photography in the School of Art Carlos Rene Pacheco will have work from his in-progress series titled Flatland in The Art of Planetary Science exhibition at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona on February 10-12.

Can’t make it all the way to Tucson? Be sure to stop by MSUM’s very own planetarium to see photographs from Pacheco’s series.  Read the rest of this entry →

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