Celebrate the Night Sky Week 2017

Mark your calendars! This September we're celebrating the night sky with a week of events held around the region. Amazing speakers are flying in, neighborhoods are setting up star parties, and an all-day seminar will provide information for everyone and, for professionals, CEUs. There's something for everyone! For a complete list of events, scroll all the way down for our schedule.

To register or read more about our seminar, click here.

Interested in partnering with us? Read how your business or neighborhood can celebrate!

 
 
 
 

Night Sky Seminar Thursday Sept. 21, 8:30 - 4:30

At our Night Sky Seminar you'll hear from Paul Bogard to Li-Wei Hung, Laura Erickson to Shadab Rahman. We are gathering award-winning authors, habitat experts and medical researchers working from our National Park System to the International Space Station on how lighting affects us and what technology can deliver in reducing light pollution.

This is an all-day seminar for professionals and citizens. We are currently making arrangements for qualifying CEUs for professionals.

Sunday September 17 SKYGLOW Project 6:30 - 8:30

Globally acclaimed SKYGLOW Project is presenting their fabulous work. Their three year journey to understand light pollution has taken them over 150,000 miles and generated 500,000 photographs.

Harun Mehmedinovic will be presenting SKYGLOW's time-lapse movies from the darkest places in North America. Books and DVDs will also be available. You won't want to miss this big-screen spectacle!  Check out all events!

 
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4. Neighborhood Star Parties - and Much More!

Be introduced (or reintroduced!) to the cosmos by local astronomers. There'll be telescopes and food and music. Don't miss these nights of fun and socializing! All ages welcome.

Stay in touch with us, because there are great events planned all around Lake Superior! Check the schedule to find the event nearest to you!

Everyone can contribute to Celebrate the Night Sky week. To find out how your neighborhood or business can participate, click here.

Paul Bogard Reads from "The End of Night"

Join us on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 7-8:30 pm at Fitger's second floor Auditorium for a FREE reading by acclaimed author Paul Bogard!

Space is limited so registration is free but required - click here to reserve your seat!

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Night Sky Seminar

Thursday September 21, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Clyde Iron Works, Duluth MN

Come to Duluth's first annual symposium for the night sky! Lighting is changing at a rapid pace. Year by year, we have continually chosen ever-brighter night lighting. What are the effects and consequences of this? Join us for a fascinating discussion as nationally-acclaimed experts on human health, habitat and lighting engineering explore the intersections between culture, technology and the environment.

At Clyde Iron Works we'll explore the human circadian rhythm and environmental impacts of human-made light. and learn about the latest strategies and technologies to curb light pollution. Everyone is welcome, students, homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts, astronomers, professionals, and more. CEUs are available for professionals. Lunch is included. Pre-registration is required.

Register here!

Speakers

Paul Bogard

Laura Erickson

Li-Wei Hung, Ph.D.

Bob King

Chris Monrad

Shadab Rahman, Ph.D.

James Rock

 

PAUL BOGARD
Native Minnesotan and Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Bogard is the author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” a exploration of the growing encroachment of artificial light.
 

LAURA ERICKSON
An expert on bird physiology and habitat requirements that support healthy ecosystems, Erickson is the producer of “For the Birds” radio program for over thirty years, author of over a dozen books on birds, and the 2014 winner of the Roger Tory Peterson award.
 

LI-WEI HUNG, PH. D.
Li-Wei Hung is a night skies research scientist at the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service. Hung travels the country measuring light pollution to provide science support to parks in protecting natural dark skies. During her Ph.D. work in astronomy at UCLA, Hung was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working with Prof. Michael Fitzgerald to study debris disks.


BOB KING
Photojournalist and Writer; regular contributor to Sky and Telescope, blog columnist “Astro Bob,” and author of the book, “Night Sky with the Naked Eye: How to Find Planets, Constellations, Satellites, and Other Night Sky Wonders Without a Telescope.”


CHRIS MONRAD,  P.E., LEED AP
Lighting Engineer and past International Dark Sky Association Board Member, Monrad is based in Tucson, AZ and has over 30 years of experience in lighting to minimize off-site glare and skyglow, while providing high performance energy-efficient designs.
 

SHADAB RAHMAN, Ph. D.
An instructor at Harvard Medical School, Rahman is a neuroscientist researching sleep and circadian neurophysiology; specifically, how the spectral, duration and pattern characteristics of light modulate behavioral, endocrine and molecular outputs that are under the control of the biological clock.
 

JAMES ROCK
Director of the Allworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Rock specializes in Ethno-Astronomy and Archeoastronomy. With a background in physics, chemistry, astronomy and pedagogy, Rock blends indigenous knowledge with modern experience, connecting cultures and ancestors through the stars.

Click here to register for the Seminar!

REGISTRATION
Sign up here! Registration levels are:
Individual - $35
Professional - $80
Student or Senior 65+ - $10
 

HOTEL BLOCK
We have a block of rooms reserved  Sept. 20- 22 at Pier B Resort, on the Harbor in Duluth, MN.
Rooms will be available at a special Seminar rate until August 30, or before if the block fills.

Pier B Resort
218-481-8888
800 West Railroad St.
Duluth, MN 55802

Don't miss this great event!

 
 

2017 Celebrate the Night Sky Week

for 2018 Schedule click here

Sunday Sept. 17

Duluth, MN - Sunday Sept. 17
SKYGLOW Project - 6:30 - 8:30 pm ,  Clyde Iron Works
Tickets

Internationally renowned filmmakers Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan  of the SKYGLOW Project will be presenting films, stories and observations on nearly four years of recording the amazing night skies. The result of a three-year journey of over 150,000 miles traveled and 3,000,000 pictures taken, theSKYGLOW Project explores North America’s remaining magnificent night skies and the threat of light pollution to our fragile environment. Come be amazed by incredible time-lapse movies of the clearest, darkest skies in North America.
$10 Adult / $5 Student-Senior / $25 Family
Tickets available here

Monday Sept. 18

Duluth MN - Monday Sept. 18
Star Party! -  6:00 - 9:00pm - Valentini's
FREE

Live Jazz 6:00 - 8:00, telescopes outside courtesy of Arrowhead Astronomical Society members!
1400 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55805

Tuesday Sept. 19

Duluth MN - Tuesday Sept. 19
Film Screening The City Dark (2011)  7:00 - 8:30pm - Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater, 3rd floor
Limited Seating - Reserve your FREE ticket

Doors at 6:30, film at 7:00, (70 min.) Family Friendly! Refreshments and popcorn available :)
600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Click here to see the trailer


Duluth MN - Tuesday Sept. 19
Sidewalk Astronomy - 8:00 - 9:00pm - Fitger's Couryard, Lake side above the Lakewalk
FREE
 

Duluth MN - Tuesday Sept. 19
Plein Air Painters Society of America - Evening Landscape Painting Session on Hawk Ridge
8:00 - 10:00 pm!!!
FREE

The Plein Air Painters are coming to Duluth, and will be painting daily around the area. Come see some of America's top landscape and outdoor painters at work in our very own landscape! Weather-dependent, they will be painting an evening scene tonight as part of the Celebrate the Night Skies Week. The public is invited to watch the amazing process of oil-painting on location outside, in "Plein Air"
***at 8:00 pm tonight as of this afternoon!***

Wednesday Sept. 20

Duluth, MN - Wednesday Sept. 20
Author Paul Bogard, Reading from "The End of Night"  7:00 - 8:30 pm Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater, 3rd floor
Limited Seating - Reserve your FREE ticket

Join us to hear Minnesota author Paul Bogard read from The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, an exploration of what night and darkness can mean in a modern age. Books available for purchase and signing after the reading.
Refreshments and popcorn available before and after the reading.
600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
 

Duluth MN - Wednesday Sept. 20
Sidewalk Astronomy - 8:00 - 9:00pm - Fitger's Couryard, Lake side above the Lakewalk
FREE

 

Duluth, MN - Wednesday Sept. 20
Light Pollution and the Night Sky -  7:00 - 8:00 pm- UMD Alworth Planetarium,  1023 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 - corner of College Street and University Drive
FREE

Join us for an amazing and informative program on light pollution and our night skies! Presentation by Bob "Astro Bob" King.

Thursday Sept. 21

Duluth, MN - Thursday Sept. 21
Night Sky Seminar - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm,  Clyde Iron Works
Tickets

Lighting has been changing at a rapid pace, year by year, and continually we choose ever-brighter night lighting. What are the effects and consequences of this? Join us for a fascinating discussion as nationally-acclaimed speakers explore issues that intersect between culture and technology and the environment. We'll explore the way we see lighting and how lighting at night effects human health and the environment. Everyone is welcome to come, students, homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts, astronomers, professionals. (CEU certificate available for professionals.) Lunch is included.
$35 Individual / $80 Professional / $10 Student-Senior
Pre-registration is required.

Friday Sept. 22

Duluth, MN - Friday Sept. 22
Star Party! - Amity Coffee / Lakeside Gallery - 5:30 - 9:00 pm
FREE

Join us for live music, telescopes, art and FUN!
"Starry" art featured in Lakeside Gallery and Amily Coffee. Live music, drink and treat specials.
4429 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804

 

Two Harbors, MN - Friday Sept. 22
Star Party! - Cedar Coffee Company- 7-9:30 pm
FREE

Join us for live music, telescopes, yummy treats and FUN!
Bill and Kate Isles will be performing live -- come on out, clear or cloudy!
1130 11th St. / County Rd. 26 / up the hill from Super One
Questions?  kirsten@cedarcoffeecompany.com   /  218-830-1511


Duluth, MN - Friday Sept. 22
Light Pollution and the Night Sky -  7:00 - 8:00 pm- UMD Alworth Planetarium,  1023 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 - corner of College Street and University Drive
FREE

Join us for an amazing and informative program on light pollution and our night skies! Presentation by Josh Wasniewski.

Saturday Sept. 23

Duluth, MN - Saturday Sept. 23
Light Pollution and the Night Sky -  2:00 - 3:00 pm- UMD Alworth Planetarium,  1023 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 - corner of College Street and University Drive
FREE

Join us for an amazing and informative program on light pollution and our night skies! Presentation by Josh Wasniewski.

 

Duluth, MN - Saturday Sept. 23
Light Pollution and the Night Sky -  7:00 - 8:00 pm- UMD Alworth Planetarium,  1023 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812 - corner of College Street and University Drive
FREE

Join us for an amazing and informative program on light pollution and our night skies! Presentation by Josh Wasniewski.

 

Superior, WI - Saturday Sept. 23
Night Sky Celebration! - Cedar Lounge - 7:00 - 10:00 pm
FREE

Family-Friendly Star Party and Celebration! LIght snacks, live fingerstyle blues by Chris Holm (playing 8-11 pm), telescopes, starry trivia and K'ul Chocolate! Let's finish our first annual Celebrate the NIght Skies Week with FUN!
1715 N. 3rd St, at the North end of Tower Ave in Superior, WI, at the base of the high bridge