Starwatch Party

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Starwatch Party

Friday, August 30, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 PM
Lake Elmo Park Reserve 

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

 Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over Lake Elmo Park Reserve. We’ll have giant telescopes aimed at Jupiter, Saturn as well as the star clusters, galaxies, and other great celestial treasures. We’ll also check out constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and some of their great 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.