April 7-23, 2017

The 2014 Statewide Star Party


Statewide Star Party 2014 Poster

The 2014 Statewide Star Party takes place April 4-5 at dozens of locations across the state of North Carolina. These sites will observe a variety of objects, but the focus for the 2014 star party is the Moon.

“This is shaping up to be a great Statewide Star Party,” said Amy Sayle, Statewide Star Party co-founder. “Sites around North Carolina have everything from solar observing to crafting an alien creature to even canoeing under the stars. It’s going to be an exciting year!”

Most events are free, but there are a few that require advanced registration. The full list of Statewide Star Party locations is below.

Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Apex: American Tobacco Trail (White Oak Church Road access), 6 pm.
  • Asheville: UNC Asheville Observatory, 7:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic Beach: Fort Macon State Park bathhouse, 7 p.m.
  • Chapel Hill: Morehead Observatory, 9 p.m.
  • Charlotte: UNC Charlotte Observatory, 8 p.m.
  • Durham: Duke Teaching Observatory, 6 p.m.
  • Durham: Eno River State Park (Fews Ford access), 7:30 p.m.
  • Fayetteville: Jordan Soccer Complex, 7:30 p.m.
  • Greensboro: Greensboro Children’s Museum, 5 p.m.
  • Greensboro: Greensboro Science Center, 8 p.m.
  • Grifton: A Time for Science Nature and Learning Center, 6 p.m.
  • Hickory: Catawba Science Center, 10 a.m.
  • Jamestown: GTCC Cline Observatory, 8:30 p.m.
  • Kill Devil Hill: The Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserver, 7 p.m.
  • King’s Mountain: Crowder’s Mountain State Park, 2 p.m.
  • Mayodan: Mayo River State Park, 7:30 p.m.
  • Raleigh: Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 8 p.m.
  • Raleigh: Marbles Kids Museum, 5 p.m.
  • Raleigh: NCSU Reedy Creek Observatory, 8 p.m.
  • Raleigh: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 7 p.m.
  • Rosman: PARI, 6 p.m.
  • Rougemont: Little River Regional Park, 8 p.m.
  • Seven Springs: Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, 7:30 p.m.
  • Southern Pines: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserver, 7:30 p.m.
  • Swansboro: Hammocks Beach State Park, 8 p.m.
  • Sylva: Jackson County Airport, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

    • Burlington: Pleasant Grove Community Center, 7:30 p.m.
    • Carolina Beach: Carolina Beach State Park, 7:30 p.m.
    • Gastonia: Schiele Museum, 7 p.m.
    • Greensboro: Kathleen Clay Library, 1 p.m.
    • Hollister: Medoc Mountain State Park, 1 p.m.
    • Job’s Cabin: ASU Dark Sky Observatory, 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
    • Yadkinville: Yadkin County Park, 5 p.m.

The N.C. Science Festival began in 2010 as an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which continues to produce events and administer the Festival.

To find out more about the 2014 N.C. Science Festival, visit the Festival’s website, “like” the Festival on Facebook and follow the Festival on Twitter.

The North Carolina Science Festival is a 17-day statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of the STEM disciplines on North Carolina. It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events, and engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring the next generation. It serves as a vehicle for encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and for businesses to invest in North Carolina.

The 2014 Festival Champion is Time Warner Cable. 2014 Platinum sponsors include Biogen Idec Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and SAS. 2014 Gold Sponsors include Duke Energy Foundation, The News & Observer, Time Warner Cable News and UTC Aerospace Systems. The Festival is an initiative of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.