Mike Lynch

mike lynch 2015 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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Venus/Crescent Moon Conjunction Tuesday

Tonight the new crescent moon will sitting just above the bright planet Venus in the southwestern early evening sky. Don’t miss it!


Astronomical Diagram

Mike Lynch say this evening and Thursday evening the new crescent moon will have a celestial hugging with the bright planet Venus.


Lunar Eclipse On Saturday

We’ll have an almost total lunar eclipse on this coming Saturday morning in the western sky.


Some Celestial Hugging

Mike Lynch said look for a lovely celestial hugging Tuesday night between the waxing gibbous moon and the bright planet Jupiter.


Mike Lynch’s Christmas Lights

Griswald Mike Lynch’s 2011 Christmas house. Dave Lee Xmas light photos are still to come.


Check Out The Andromeda Galaxy

This time of year it’s possible to see the Andromeda Galaxy, the next door neighbor to our home Milky Way Galaxy nearly overhead around 8 p.m.


A Little Celestial Hugging

They’ll be a nice celestial hugging tonight between the full moon and the bright planet Jupiter.


Check Out Asteroid 2005 YU 55

There may be some breaks in the clouds late in the afternoon and early evening and you may see Asteroid 2005 YU 55 if you have a small to moderate telescope. It’ll resemble a faint 11th magnitude star tracking eastward across the constellations Delphinus the Dolphin and Pegasus the Winged Horse. Above are some diagrams […]


‘Tiny Little Big Dipper’

Check out the Pleiades star cluster in the eastern evening skies this weekend. By 9 p.m. it’s up in low eastern sky.


International Space Station Will Be Visible

Mike Lynch says that the International Space Station will pass overhead this evening.


Full Moon Hugging Jupiter

The full moon will be hugging the very bright planet Jupiter in the evening eastern sky the next few nights.


Apollo Landing Sites

There are new photos of the Apollo landing sites taken by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter.


Harvest Moon On The Way

Mike Lynch says we have a growing moon in the skies this week.


Crescent Moon Passing By Mars

In the Early morning eastern sky Thursday, look as the waning crescent moon will pass by the planet Mars in the constellation Gemini the Twins.


Jupiter & The Moon

Mike Lynch says to look for the moon and Jupiter to be close together in the pre-twilight early morning sky. They’ll be especially close together early Saturday morning.


Perseid Meteor Shower

The next several early mornings before twilight look for meteors of shooting stars, especially away from ares of heavy city lighting, in the countryside. It’s part of the Perseid meteor shower that peaks this Friday morning although unfortunately the full moon is going to wash out all but the brighter meteors. The best way to […]



Tomorrow (Thursday) morning they’ll be a really cool crescent moon in the eastern sky.


Mike Lynch Competes In Monticello’s Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest

Mike Lynch competed in a Blueberry Pie-Eating contest at Monticello Riverfest on Saturday afternoon.


Saturn And The Moon

The first quarter moon and the planet Saturn will be in a celestial hugging tonight.


Mike Lynch Astronomical Challenge

At 8:23 this evening, a half hour before sunset, select a spot where you can see the sun in the low northwestern sky.


Mike Lynch Astrophotography

Here’s the first of my celestial shots I took in Portal Arizona earlier this month.


4-Way Planetary Conjunction

Here’s another diagram for the four-way planet conjunction in the early morning sky.


More Celestial Conjunctions

There’s a nice conjunction between two bright planets between Jupiter and Mercury in the low western sky in the late evening twilight.



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