Minnesota Starwatch Parties

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Your universe is waiting... make the stars your old friends.

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

Visit Washington County Parks 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Big Marine Park Reserve, and 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve to watch the great celestial show in the sky hosted by Mike Lynch of WCCO.

Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Scorpius the Scorpion, and some of the great stories behind them. View natural wonders of the sky - constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, and more!

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.

Program location: Big Marine - Beach Building; Lake Elmo - Swim Pond Area Grounds.

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