Mike 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.
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.
They’ll be a nice celestial hugging tonight between the full moon and the bright planet Jupiter.
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 [...]
Check out the Pleiades star cluster in the eastern evening skies this weekend. By 9 p.m. it’s up in low eastern sky.
Mike Lynch says that the International Space Station will pass overhead this evening.
The full moon will be hugging the very bright planet Jupiter in the evening eastern sky the next few nights.
There are new photos of the Apollo landing sites taken by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter.
Mike Lynch says we have a growing moon in the skies this week.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Tomorrow (Thursday) morning they’ll be a really cool crescent moon in the eastern sky.
Mike Lynch competed in a Blueberry Pie-Eating contest at Monticello Riverfest on Saturday afternoon.
The first quarter moon and the planet Saturn will be in a celestial hugging tonight.
At 8:23 this evening, a half hour before sunset, select a spot where you can see the sun in the low northwestern sky.