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Hanska residents get a  close-up look at the night sky


Although Mike Lynch has been a meterologist with WCCO radio for more than 30 years, his passion is astronomy. Lynch introduces people to stargazing through his educational presentations.
 
Hosted by the Hanska Community Library, WCCO meteorologist Mike Lynch set up his huge telescope on a patch of ground at Hanska City Park for his "Starwatch Party" Nov. 20. A dozen or so warmly-dressed people braved the single digit temperatures and started out the evening looking at a sight that would soon be too low in the night sky to see. Lynch focused the telescope with a 20-inch reflecting mirror on just one of many star-packed clusters called globulars. This one is located in the constellation of Hercules, about 25,100 light-years away from Earth, and is composed of around 300,000 stars jammed into a ball.
After a presentation by Lynch inside the clubhouse, the group went back out into the cold to look at more heavenly sights.
This was Lynch's second trip to Hanska in recent weeks, the first one being categorized as a "Landwatch Party" since it took place during the day before it was dark enough to see the stars.
 

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