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Mike Lynch

mike lynch web Mike LynchMike Lynch is a native Minnesotan who grew up in Richfied, Minnesota. He attended St. Peter’s Grade school and Holy Angels High School. After two years at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1979. Shortly after he hired as a broadcast meteorologist at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis and been there ever since. Mike has covered all kinds of weather from deadly tornados to record cold snaps. In fact on February 2nd, 1996, he broadcasted from Tower, Minnesota when the temperature dropped down to 60 below zero, an all time record low for the state of Minnesota.

Mike’s other passion since he was a teenager has been astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years and has build three scopes since then. For 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. He’s also become an avid astrophotographer.

Mike has written Astronomy/Stargazing books through Voyageur Press for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New England, New Jersey, The Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and Southern Canada.  Mike also wrote WCCO  Minnesota Weather Watch in 2007 and was a finalist in the recent Minnesota Book Awards.

Mike also writes a weekly Starwatch column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and more than two dozen other newspapers across the United States.

Mike and his wife Kathy live in Eagan, Minnesota and have two grown children, Angie and Shaun.

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Asteroid To Just Miss Earth

Asteroid DA14 is going to pass within 18,000 miles of the Earth this coming Friday night, Feb. 15 around 7:30.

02/12/2013

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A Celestial Hugging For Christmas

Tonight and Tuesday night the moon, the Pleiades, and the bright planet Jupiter are have a big celestial hugging. In fact, tomorrow night the moon and Jupiter will less than a degree apart, almost touching.

12/24/2012

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Conjunction Between Full Moon And Jupiter

Tonight they’ll be a lovely celestial conjunction — or what I like to call a celestial hugging — between the full moon and the bright planet Jupiter.

11/28/2012

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Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonid meteor shower is peaking out this weekend. The best time to see it is tomorrow (Saturday) morning from midnight to 6 a.m. in the countryside; you may see up and over 30 meteors an hour.

11/16/2012

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Jupiter-Moon Conjunction

There will be a very tight celestial hugging between the moon and Jupiter in the eastern sky. They both rise in the eastern sky a little before 8pm and they’ll only be about a degree apart.

11/01/2012

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International Space Station Sighting

You can see the International Space Station this evening. It’ll fly over the Twin Cities from 7:18 to 7:24 p.m. basically across the northern half of the sky moving from the west to the east.

10/16/2012

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Conjunction Between Moon And Jupiter

Early Friday morning, they will be a gorgeous conjunction between the waning full moon and the bright planet Jupiter in the high southern sky. The moon will be just to the left of the moon. […]

10/04/2012

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NASA’s High Frequency Radio Signals

There’s a NASA spacecraft that has recorded natural high frequency radio signals. Some say they sound like whales; others say they sound like crickets.

10/02/2012

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Mike Lynch & The Good Neighbor Tour

Mike Lynch is back from the WCCO Radio Holiday Vacations Good Neighbor Tour to Ireland. Great weather, great friends, and a wonderful country!

09/27/2012

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A Close Celestial Encounter

Over the next several mornings the waning crescent moon and Venus will have a really close celestial hugging. On Wednesday morning, they’ll have their closest encounter.

09/10/2012

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The Star Spica With Mars, Saturn & The Moon

Early this evening toward the end of twilight in the low southwestern sky, the new crescent moon will be just to the left of a triangle made by the planets Mars and Saturn along with the bright star Spica.

08/22/2012

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Conjunction Between Crescent Moon & Planets

Early this evening toward the end of twilight in the low southwestern sky, the new crescent moon will be in a close conjunction with a triangle made by the planets Mars and Saturn along with the bright star Spica.

08/21/2012

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Astronomical Conjunction Between 3 Stars

There’s a nice conjunction of three bright stars that form a triangle in the low western sky these early evenings, best seen between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Two of the stars are actually the planets […]

08/03/2012

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Jupiter-Venus Conjunction

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be a nice conjunction between the bright planets Jupiter and Venus in the early morning eastern sky.

07/10/2012

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Firefighters Douse Hot Spots From Forest Fire

Firefighters worked Friday to douse the hot spots left from a forest fire that came dangerously close to the popular tourist town of Ely in northeastern Minnesota.

05/18/2012

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Partial Solar Eclipse This Sunday

Skies will clear enough for us to see the partial solar eclipse Sunday night. It begins at about 7 p.m., and while it’s not a total eclipse it’ll be really cool because the when the sun sets around 8:45 it’ll be 60 percent eclipsed.

05/18/2012

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Venus And The Moon Nuzzle Up

Early this evening, Venus and the crescent moon will be in a nice celestial hug again. Tonight the crescent moon will be just to upper left of the very bright planet Venus. The moon is […]

04/25/2012

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Venus And Taurus

This early evening, Monday, April 23 the very thin crescent moon will, be just to the left the Pleiades in the low western sky in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Early tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April […]

04/23/2012

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Conjunction With Full Moon, Saturn

This evening in the low southeastern sky they’ll be a nice conjunction between the full moon, the bright star Spica, and the planet Saturn.

04/06/2012

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The Venus-Jupiter Show

If we ever get a break in the clouds in the early evening (which we probably won’t), catch the Venus-Jupiter show in the western sky. They’re the brightest star-like objects in the western sky and […]

03/01/2012

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Crescent Moon, Venus Conjunction

Mike Lynch says that Saturday evening in the western sky they’ll be a wonderful conjunction between the crescent moon and the bright planet Venus.

02/24/2012

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Mike Lynch On Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

Mike Lynch says the Venus-Jupiter show is getting better in the western sky after evening twilight. They’re the brightest star-like objects in the sky. Right now they’re less than 25 degrees apart, but during the […]

02/16/2012

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Look For Mars Tonight

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the next several nights you can use the full moon to locate Mars in the eastern evening sky. On Wednesday night, after about 8 p.m., look for a definitely reddish star-like […]

02/08/2012

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The Crescent Moon And Bright Venus

Don’t miss seeing to the conjunction between the crescent moon and Venus this evening in the southwestern sky.

01/26/2012

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Look To The Skies For Jupiter

Tonight, look for a super bright star just below the gibbous (football-shaped) moon. That star is actually the planet Jupiter, right around 446 million miles away.

01/02/2012

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