April 8-24, 2016

North Carolina Statewide Star Party

You’re invited to look into the universe during the third annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

On April 24 and April 25, 2015, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, planetariums and nature centers will host public skywatching sessions at dozens of sites across North Carolina. These are family-friendly events. Most events are free; a few require advance registration.

The focus for the 2015 Statewide Star Party is “Our Solar System.” At the skywatching events, guests can expect to observe a variety of celestial objects, both inside and outside our solar system. Host sites provide the telescopes, staffing and activities; guests provide the curiosity!

This 21-second time-lapse video shows an example of an entire event, start to finish. (Credit: Joe Pedit, used with permission)

 

Thanks to generous support for the North Carolina Statewide Star Party provided by NC Space Grant, we are able to provide each official Statewide Star Party event host with training and a kit of activities and resources.

Interested in attending a Statewide Star Party event? Check the Festival calendar to find an event near you. The calendar is updated with new events each week!

Interested in hosting a Statewide Star Party event? Please contact starparty@unc.edu.

Star Party kit materials for event hosts

 

2015 Statewide Star Parties

Sunday, April 12

Statewide Star Party: Old North Durham Park – Old North Durham Park, Durham – 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 18

Statewide Star Party: Howell Woods – Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, Four Oaks – 4:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Wayne County – Eastern Wayne High School, Goldsboro – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 21

Statewide Star Party: New School Montessori Center – New School Montessori Center, Holly Springs – 7:30 pm

Friday, April 24

Statewide Star Party: A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center – A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center, Grifton – 4:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Yadkin County Park  - Yadkin County Park, Yadkinville – 6:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Pleasant Grove – Pleasant Grove Community Center, Burlington – 6:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Western Carolina University – Jackson County Airport, Sylva – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: PARI - Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Rosman – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Neuseway Planetarium – Neuseway Planetarium, Health & Science Museum at Neuseway Nature Park, Kinston -7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Planet Spotting – First in Flight schools’ parking lot, Kill Devil Hills – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Ingram Planetarium – Ingram Planetarium, Sunset Beach – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Charlotte – Discovery Place Parking Deck, Charlotte – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Carolina Beach State Park – Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: American Tobacco Trail – American Tobacco Trail – White Oak Parking Area, Apex – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Hammocks Beach State Park – Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro – 7:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Lookout Observatory – Lookout Observatory, Asheville – 7:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Fort Macon – Fort Macon State Park Beach Access Area, Atlantic Beach – 7:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Fayetteville – Jordan (Fayetteville) Soccer Complex, Fayetteville – 7:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Wilkerson Nature Preserve – Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park, Raleigh – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Weymouth Woods – Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: UNC Charlotte – UNC Charlotte, Charlotte – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Rocky Mount Children’s Museum – Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center, Rocky Mount – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Prairie Ridge – Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Greensboro Science Center – Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Cabarrus County – Vietnam Veterans Park, Concord – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Robeson Planetarium – Robeson Planetarium and Science Center, Lumberton – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Duke Teaching Observatory – Duke Teaching Observatory, Durham – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Little River Park – Little River Regional Park & Natural Area, Rougemont – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Kerr Scott Reservoir – Mountain View Overlook, Boomer – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Cline Observatory – Cline Observatory, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Morehead Observatory – Morehead Observatory, Chapel Hill – 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 25

Statewide Star Party: Imagination Station – Imagination Station Science & History Museum, Wilson – 9:00 am
Statewide Star Party: Medoc Mountain – Medoc Mountain State Park, Hollister – 2:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Elk Knob State Park – Elk Knob State Park, Todd – 7:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Pilot Mountain State Park – Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle – 7:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Eno River State Park – Eno River State Park- Fews Ford Access, Durham – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Haw River State Park – Haw River State Park, Browns Summit – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Merchants Millpond State Park  - Merchant Millpond State Park, Gatesville – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: SciWorks - SciWorks, Winston Salem – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Morrow Mountain State Park – Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Robeson Planetarium – Robeson Planetarium and Science Center, Lumberton – 8:00 pm
Statewide Star Party: Jordan Lake – Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, Apex – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: All About the Solar System – Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Mayo River – Mayo River State Park, Mayodan – 8:30 pm
Statewide Star Party: Dark Sky Observatory – Appalachian State University Dark Sky Observatory, Purlear – 9:00 pm