Tri-City United Community Education held a Starwatch Party with Meteorologist Mike Lynch of WCCO radio. Class was held at TCU high school, Thursday, April 19.
During the first part of the class, Mike gave an indoor orientation explaining the constellations and the stories behind them. Attendees learned the basics of space, gravity and how planets and stars are made.
They received a handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts which they then used during their outdoor observations.
The second half of the class was spend outdoors using large reflecting telescopes, including two giant 20 inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of the planet Venus, the waxing moon, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our spring skies.
Participants also had a chance to purchase Mike’s new book and have it autographed.
Mike Lynch – WCCO radio Meteorologist, has hosted Star Parties and taught astronomy classes for over 40 years! Mike’s other passion since he was a teenager has been astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years old. For over 40 years Mike has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers, and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. His goal is to help people make the stars their old friends!
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