WORTHINGTON — Stargazers gathered to watch the heavens Thursday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, for the Nobles County Library's Winter Skies Star Party.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Professor Paul Seifert takes a photo of Jupiter and four of its moons during a star party Thursday night at the Minnesota West campus.  Tim Middagh / The Globe
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Professor Paul Seifert takes a photo of Jupiter and four of its moons during a star party Thursday night at the Minnesota West campus. Tim Middagh / The Globe

Attendees looked through Mike Lynch's three Newtonian telescopes to view the rings of Saturn, Jupiter's cloud bands and four moons, and Albireo, a binary star system. Lynch, who spoke at the event, is a retired WCCO meteorologist who has been hosting star parties and teaching astronomy since 1972.

Mike Lynch uses a laser pointer to mark Vega, a bright star located just 25 light-years from Earth, for a crowd of stargazers at the Winter Skies Star Party Thursday evening.  Tim Middagh / The Globe
Mike Lynch uses a laser pointer to mark Vega, a bright star located just 25 light-years from Earth, for a crowd of stargazers at the Winter Skies Star Party Thursday evening. Tim Middagh / The Globe

Speaker Paul Seifert, a professor at Minnesota West, also took pictures during the event, including images of Jupiter and four of its moons.