Minnesota Starwatch Party planned for Lake Elmo Park Reserve Sept. 4

Washington County Parks will host a Minnesota Starwatch Party from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

This family program is free with a valid park vehicle permit. Minnesota Starwatch Parties are hosted by Mike Lynch of WCCO. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Scorpius the Scorpion,  and some of the stories behind them. View natural wonders of the sky – constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, and more.

Visitors will use large reflecting telescopes, including two 20-inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota, and an astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of the  more distant parts of the universe. Participants will receive user-friendly star maps and constellation charts for personal use.

Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been hosting Starwatch parties and teaching astronomy classes for more than 40 years. Even if it’s cloudy, visitors will learn a lot, and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check”  for a future Minnesota Starwatch Party.

No registration is required. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, bug spray, etc., for a more enjoyable experience.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo.

Find Washington County Parks on Facebook at Washington County Parks Officialand Twitter @WashCtyParks and @ WashCtyTrails for more parks information.

 

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