Lake Maria State Park will host a “Universe In The Park” program at the park’s amphitheater next to the trail center this Friday, August 13th beginning at 8:30 p.m. Because this is an outdoor presentation the program will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
Park visitors are encouraged but not required to wear face masks, and practice social distancing.
Universe in the Park is a summer outreach program hosted by the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics and area state and local parks.
Representatives of the Institute will present a short (20–30 min) public talk and slide show. Presentations cover a variety of astronomical topics such as: the history of matter, how astronomers “see,” and a journey through our solar system.
Afterwards, if weather allows, attendees have the opportunity to view the sky through multiple 8-inch reflecting telescopes, operated by the staff and provided by the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Throughout the evening, questions from the audience are encouraged .
Participants should bring insect repellent and optional binoculars.
There is no fee for the program, but a $7 daily vehicle permit will be charged for those without an annual permit. Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and ten miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111. For more information about park activities and directions, call the park at 763-878-2325
Photo: Marcella Chester/P&TC Photo Contest