Mike Lynch stands with a number of his telescopes.
Mike Lynch with a number of his telescopes.

Celebrate winter skies with a celestial show at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Feb. 17

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 many 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, $7 daily or $30 annually. Follow Washington County Parks on social media @WashCountyParks.           

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