Let the stars lead the way to Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, for a celestial show in the skies. Make friends with constellations like The Big Bear, Orion the …
Let the stars lead the way to Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, for a celestial show in the skies. Make friends with constellations like The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, and Taurus the Bull. Hosted by retired WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch, participants will learn the stories behind these constellations while using some of the largest mobile telescopes in Minnesota, getting a close-up view of the moon, Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other beauties of the winter sky.
Each participant will receive a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, apps, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more. The program begins with a short presentation inside of the Nordic Center, but much of the program is scheduled outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a comfy lawn chair. Whether it’s clear or cloudy, a great experience is planned for all participants.
The program is $5 per person. Kids 6-years-old and under are free. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park. Participants will meet at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Nordic Center. Online registration is now open at https://events.discoverstillwater.com/event/winter-constellations/. Call 651-430-8370 for more information.
Mike Lynch has been hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy classes since 1972. He 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.”