Statewide Star Party: Howell Woods
Join us for the official kickoff event of the 2013 NC Science Festival! Howell Woods is a perfect spot for viewing the night sky because it’s located away from city lights. This event will be all about celestial observing, meaning we’ll be viewing the sky when the Moon is not visible so that the planets, constellations and meteors are more visible.
Telescopes will be set-up by amateur astronomers who will be available for interpretation and assistance. These folks have experience working with Scouts and 4-H groups and can assist in astronomy-related badge requirements. NOTE: If you have your own telescope or binoculars, we encourage you to bring them along.
The night sky viewing events will be held in the field in front of the learning center which also serves as the parking area. Since light impairs night vision, we ask all participants be considerate and not shine car headlights on the telescope viewing area when driving into the parking area and minimize flashlight usage.
Please dress for the weather. We suggest layering your clothing ending with a coat appropriate for the temperature. Closed shoes and flashlights are safety items. To make your experience more enjoyable, you may want to bring chair(s), refreshments including beverages (non-alcoholic please) and blanket(s).