Celebrate the Night Skies Week Sept. 9-16, 2023

Night Sky and moon

Celebrate the Night Sky Week offers an opportunity to explore and celebrate the work taking place and to enjoy the sense of awe that has inspired poets, artists, and scientists throughout the ages!

Celebrate the Night Sky Week – Full Event Schedule


Night Sky Celebration An Evening of Music, Art & Science

Enjoy a Free concert by singer/songwriter extraordinaire Michael Monroe, and spectacular Northern Lights photography by Travis Novitsky as he premiers his new book Spirits Dancing created in collaboration with Annette Lee of Native Skywatchers. Be entertained by Astro Bob King as he takes us on a tour of the night sky. We will also launch our Dark Sky Friendly Business initiative by recognizing Scott Vesterstein and the dark sky-friendly lighting at Fitgers. Enjoy free appetizers and win valuable raffle and silent auction prizes!

Thursday, September 14th, 6-9 PM

Fitger’s 4th Floor August Room

Free, RSVP required


Northern Nights, Starry Skies

A visually stunning celebration of our spectacular starry skies above the world’s largest designated Dark Sky sanctuary. Ojibwe, Dakota cultural astronomers and other experts share the wonders of the heavens. The documentary, which was co-produced with Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education, also illuminates ways we can reduce the negative impacts of light pollution.


  • End of the Road Film Festival, Ely: Official Selection
  • Fresh Coast Film Festival, Marquette MI: Official Selection—upcoming October 2023


  • Best Minnesota Film: End of the Road Film Festival
  • Audience Choice: Best Documentary: End of the Road Film Festival
  • National Educational Telecommunications Association: PBS LearningMedia Collection nomination for Educational Resources for the Classroom award 
  • National Educational Telecommunications Association: Documentary nominated for Topical Feature award
  • Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards: nominated in the Environment/Science category 

Learning Resources

Northern Nights, Starry Skies Collection

Find free standards-aligned teaching resources for Northern Nights, Starry Skies at PBS LearningMedia.  

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