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 current Public Outreach Coordinator, Melanie Beck. You can also visit the Outreach Manager Website. If you would like to be notified of future outreach events, please send an e-mail to and we will put you on our list of e-mail notifications.
- Melanie Beck
Special Event—Partial Eclipse Viewing - Join graduate students on the roof of Tate this Thursday, October 23, to watch the partial eclipse of the moon.
School/Group Presentations - Our faculty members and graduate students are always eager to share their knowledge and interest in astronomy free of charge.
Public Lecture Series - The MIfA public lecture series, held once per semester, is our way to communicate the exciting research activities of MIfA researchers directly to the public.
Minnesota Starwatch - An online 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.
Other resources - The Institute has collected a number of links to external sources of astronomical information.
Observing Nights - Held on Friday nights during the Fall and Spring semesters, our graduate students invite you to join them at the University for some rooftop astronomy (weather permitting).