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Public Outreach

The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics engages in many forms of Public Outreach. This page gives a summary of some of our efforts as well as pointing you toward other information on astronomy and science geared for the public. If you are interested in more information, please visit the links below or contact our Public Outreach Coordinator at .

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Observing Nights

Held every Friday night during the Fall and Spring semesters, our graduate and undergraduate students invite you to join them at the University for some backyard astronomy (weather permitting).

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Outreach Events

Our faculty members and graduate students are always eager to share their knowledge and interest in astronomy free of charge.

MIfA Public Lecture Series

MIfA Public Lecture Series

The MIfA Public Lecture Series, held once per semester, is our way to communicate the exciting research activities of institute researchers directly to the public.

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Kaufmanis Lecture Series

The Kaufmanis Lecture is presented in memory of beloved Professor of Astronomy Karlis Kaufmanis. This series brings distinguished scientists to the campus to provide public lectures on the latest hot topics in research.


Minnesota Starwatch

An online monthly newsletter describing the night sky.


Universe in the Park

Held on weekend evenings during the summer months, these events consist of public presentations and night sky viewing (weather permitting) at area state parks.

About the Program

The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics is dedicated to bringing the excitement of modern astrophysical research to the Minnesota public.

Throughout the year, we host numerous programs including our Universe in the Park series, Friday night observing sessions with our on-campus telescope, and school and group presentations.

MIfA hopes to share its passion of astronomy through our series of scheduled public viewings. Please join us in observing some of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history.

Contact Information

MN Institute for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

P: (612) 624-4811

E: MIfA@umn.edu