Mike Lynch - Minnesota Starwatch Party (Great Family Event)
Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over greater Prior Lake and vicinity. This night with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulae and more starts off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse and some of their great stories behind them. We will also use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant 20" reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of start clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our later summer skies. Even if it's cloudy you will learn a lot.
You will get a great handout package with user-friendly start maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more! Mike's book; "Mike Lynch's Minnesota Star Watch" will be available for purchase at a discount.
Please bring lawn chair for the outside viewing.
Instructor Mike Lynch is a native Minnesotan. After two years at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1979. Shortly after he was hired as a broadcast meteorologist at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis and has been there for over 30 years. Mike's other passion since he was a teenager has been astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years old. For over 40 years Mike has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. His goal is to help people make the stars their old friends. Mike has a brand new book, "Stars" published by Adventure Publication and also writes a weekly Starwatch column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and more than two dozen other newspapers across the United States.