This night will be filled with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, and nebulae. We start with an indoor orientation then move outside to see The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Leo the Lion, and hear some of their great stories. We will use two giant 20 inch reflector telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota, for close up views of planets, the moon, star clusters, and other wonders in our winter skies. Handout package with star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more will be provided. Bring a chair and blanket and dress for outdoors. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Mike Lynch has been in broadcasting at WCCO Radio for over 35 years. He has reported everything from heat waves to 60 below zero record temperatures, plus tornadoes, blizzards and everything else the sky dishes out! Mike has been teaching stargazing classes in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 45 years. He has written starwatching and weather books for Minnesota, Wisconsin and many other states. He has a book about the Northern Lights coming out soon! Mike is an astronomy columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and many newspapers across the U.S. He is also an avid astrophotographer.