Celebrate winter skies with a celestial show at Lake Elmo Park Reserve


submitted photo • Meteorologist Mike Lynch will be leading a star gazing event at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, which will incorporate large reflecting telescopes.

Make the stars your old friends while watching the great winter celestial show in the skies over Lake Elmo Park Reserve 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, with meteorologist Mike Lynch.

Participants will start off with an indoor orientation at the Nordic Center, followed by time outside under the heavens. Get to know Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, Taurus the Bull and more. The group will use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant reflector telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in the upper Midwest, for close-up views of the moon, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other celestial treasures.

Learn about basic celestial photography. Weather permitting, the group will also use a new astronomical camera-telescope for views of the more distant universe.

Participants will receive a handout package with star maps and constellation charts, apps, websites and a telescope-buying guide.

Lynch has been a meteorologist and broadcaster at WCCO Radio for nearly 40 years and has been hosting star watching and astronomy programs for more than 45 years. He is the author of the book “Stars, a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations” that will be available for purchase. Glow-in-the-dark star and constellation shirts will also be available for purchase.

Even if it’s cloudy, participants will learn a lot and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Minnesota/Wisconsin Starwatch program. This is a free program; however, a vehicle permit is required, which cost $7 daily or $30 annually. 

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