Large Lakes Observatory Celebrating 25-year Milestone

Updated: July 17, 2019 09:55 AM

Faculty at the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) are celebrating the facility's 25th anniversary this weekend and they want the public to join in on the fun.

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The University of Minnesota Duluth-based facility is opening their doors to the community on Sunday, July 21 for their "From Blackboards to Beakers" event. 

"We'll have our faculty and students in the hallways and in some of the research labs," Director Dr. Bob Sterner says.

There will be tours of the observatory along with food and refreshments for the celebration. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

When LLO started, the number of staff members was smaller and the disciplinary focus was more narrow. Now, the facility represents all branches of scientists and there's around a dozen faculty.

"LLO has been involved in projects on every continent except Antarctica," Dr. Sterner says.

Many projects take place in Lake Superior with the help of their "Blue Heron" research vessel. Many UMD students will have the chance to go aboard and learn the techniques LLO uses.

The facility hosts a monthly outreach event where anyone can see and tour the vessel. The next time the Blue Heron will be open to the public is Friday, July 19 at noon.

Click here to learn more about the observatory.

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