Library hosts 'Star Party' with Mike Lynch

Meteorologist and newspaper columnist Mike Lynch will host three free "Star Party" events at St. Paul Public Library in January. The first one is on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave.

Lynch invites the public to come and watch the great celestial show in the skies over St. Paul. The event begins with a short orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. The winter constellations are the best and brightest this time of the year. Everyone should be sure to wear warm clothing and can bring a lawn chair, if they would like.

Large reflecting telescopes, including two 20-inch reflectors will be available for close up views of Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders of the winter skies.

There will also be an astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of the more distant universe. Everyone will get a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, and a telescope-buying guide. Sun Ray Library closes at 8 p.m., but the Star Party continues outside until 8:30 p.m.

Additional Locations and Times:

Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy, 651-695-3700.

Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at West Seventh Library, 265 Oneida Ave., 651-298-5516. Library building closes at 8 p.m.

All events are sponsored by St. Paul Public Library. Contact 651-266-7000 or visit www.sppl.org for more information.