Make the stars your old friends while watching the great celestial show in the skies over Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Following a short orientation, get to know constellations like The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, Taurus the Bull, and some of the great stories behind them. We’ll also use large telescopes, among the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota, for close-up views of the Moon, Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and other wonders in the winter skies.
You’ll get a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, apps, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more!
Please dress to be outdoors for the majority of the program. Bring a lawn chair and make yourself comfy.
Hosted by retired WCCO's meteorologist, Mike Lynch, who has been hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy for over 50 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book “Stars, a Month by Month Tour of the Constellations.” Even if it’s cloudy, participants should learn a lot and have a great time!
$5 per person. Kids 6 years old and under are free.