Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over the greater Prairie Woods Environmental Center. This night with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae starts off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus, the Swan, Scorpius the Scorpion, and some of the great stories behind them. We'll also use large reflecting telescopes, including 2 giant 20 inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our autumn skies.
We'll also use a new astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of our more distant universe. You'll get a great hand out package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more!
Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy classes for over 40 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the books, "Mike Lynch's Minnesota Star Watch" that will be available for purchase at a discount. Even if it's cloudy you will learn a lot, have a great time and get a Mike Lynch "Cloud Check" for a future Minnesota Starwatch Class. Not recommended for children under the age of seven.
Your universe is waiting! Make the Stars Your Old Friends.
Sign up individually at $15, as a pair at $25 or as a family at $32
Meet at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in the Gary Westby Building
You're invited to bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfy!
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