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Starwatch party planned in Cokato April 8

Come out and make the stars your old friends. Catch this wonderful family-friendly celestial show in the skies over Cokato Friday, April 8. Mike Lynch will begin his presentation inside for a brief orientation and then you will head outside to get up close and personal with our universe. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, Leo the Lion, and many of the great stories about how they made it up in the heavens. Mike will use his large reflecting telescopes, including a giant 20" reflector, one of the biggest mobile telescopes in the Upper Midwest for close up views of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our skies. He will also use his brand new astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of our more distant universe. You'll get a great handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more. Your universe is waiting, make the stars your old friends! You are invited to bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfy.

Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been teaching astronomy classes for more than 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" and "Wisconsin Starwatch" that'll be available for purchase at a discount. Easy to use MP3 star maps packages will also be available for purchase.

This presentation will be held 8-10 p.m. at the Cokato Township Hall, located two miles north of Cokato. Pre-registration is required. Fees are $20/adult and $8/student. Register by calling the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office at (320) 286-4120 or register online at www.dc.k12.mn.us/commed.