Mars Party

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Mars Party! This has been cancelled due to Thunderstorms

Friday, August 31, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 PM
Lake Elmo Park Reserve 


This family program is FREE with a valid park vehicle permit.

This summer, Mars is as close as it’s been to Earth in 15 years, and nearly as close as it’s been in 60,000 years! Giant telescopes will also be aimed at the moon, Jupiter and Saturn. View constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and learn the fascinating stories behind them!

Visitors will use large reflecting telescopes, including two 20-inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota. Visitors will use a new astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of the more distant parts of the universe. Participants will receive user-friendly star maps and constellation charts for personal use.

Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been hosting Starwatch parties and teaching astronomy classes for more than 40 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book; “Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Star Watch.” Even if it’s cloudy, visitors will learn a lot, have a great time, and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Minnesota Starwatch Party.

No registration required - just show up! Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, bug spray, etc., for a more enjoyable experience.



*All vehicles must have a valid Washington County Parks vehicle permit, $7 daily or $30 annually.