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.
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 →
April 07, 2017
Friday, April 7 | 3 p.m. | Planetarium– BR 167 Read the rest of this entry →
March 31, 2017
Friday, March 31 | 3 p.m. | Planetarium (BR 167) Read the rest of this entry →
March 24, 2017
Friday, March 24 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges 167) Read the rest of this entry →
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 →
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 →
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
- $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.
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: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
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.
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 →
February 07, 2017
On Saturday, Feb. 4 the MSUM Planetarium partnered with Prairie Public and sponsored by Moore Engineering to bring the 3rd Annual Stars of PBS to campus. The event featured the planetarium show, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” showing every 45 minutes throughout the day and activities ranging from playing with light and shadows, creating mini-planetariums, boom whackers, dippin dots, trips to the moon, and others.
More than 400 people attended the event and even got to meet Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. It was a great day had by all and it was all free thanks to the generous sponsorship of Moore Engineering. Check out the MSUM Planetarium Facebook page for photos from the event.
January 26, 2017
Assistant Professor of Photography Carlos Rene Pacheco has photographs from his in-progress body of work titled Flatland on display now in the Planetarium on campus.
Inspired by the near unbroken flatness of rural Minnesota and North Dakota along a horizontal plane, Flatland is a series of photographs, evoking alien landscapes, that explores the textures and space of the Midwest, from above and below, along the vertical z-axis. Read the rest of this entry →
January 18, 2017
Bring your sweetheart to the MSUM Planetarium Feb. 11, 12 or 14 for a special night of Romance Under the Stars! Let us take your breath away as we visit the most beautiful places in the universe. Adults only. Tickets can be purchased online only.
December 15, 2016
The Planetarium is currently showing two holiday shows. “Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star” is about uncovering the mystery of the Christmas star. The other show is titled “Season of Light” and reveals the history of fascinating holiday traditions. Read the rest of this entry →
November 17, 2016
The MSUM Planetarium began featuring three brand new shows on Oct. 1! The Saturday Morning Children’s show is The Weather. This show follows a young girl as she learns about seasons, weather, clouds and the water cycle. Recommended for children up to grade 2. Sundays we are showcasing our other two new shows: Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs and Dark Matter Mystery. Read the rest of this entry →
November 05, 2016
Join the MSUM Planetarium for two holiday shows this December: Season of Light and Star of Wonder. Read the rest of this entry →
October 28, 2016
Friday, Oct. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges Hall 167)
Some of the most violent events in the universe spectacularly warp space-time, emitting gravitational waves. MIT professor Dr. Nergis Mavalvala will describe the 100 year search for these tiny ripples in space-time and what they can tell us about cosmic events that may be shrouded in darkness and date as far back in time as the earliest moments after the Big Bang.
October 25, 2016
Last week, Planetarium Director Sara Schultz represented MSUM at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association annual conference. She attended a pre-conference workshop focused on live and interactive planetarium presentation as well as presented on current work with students to build an LED lighting system for the planetarium. Read the rest of this entry →
October 25, 2016
For the first time, MSUM students presented at the Great Lakes Planetarium Society held in Flint, Mich., last week. Dana Koczur and Anthony Woltman from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were the first students to attend the annual conference and present on the research they completed over the summer under a Strong Endowment grant. Read the rest of this entry →