April 7-23, 2017

North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Call for Event Hosts for the 2017 Statewide Star Party

We are seeking event hosts for the 5th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival. The Statewide Star Party will be held April 21 and April 22, 2017. This year’s theme is Star Light, Star Bright.

We will select hosts who are committed to putting on a successful skywatching event for the public and who, collectively, can engage a geographically diverse set of visitors across North Carolina. We encourage potential hosts with venues in close proximity to collaborate on a single event.

Requirements to be a Star Party host:

  • Your event must have the support of your organization’s administration.
  • Your event must be scheduled for one of the official 2017 Star Party dates: Friday, April 21, 2017, or Saturday, April 22, 2017.  A rain date, or an indoor rain plan, is encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Your event must be open to the public. Free events are encouraged, but not mandatory.
  • Your event includes a significant skywatching component involving the real sky. No planetarium-only events, except in case of rain. Events may take place during the daytime (with solar observing) or at night.
  • Your organization supplies the venue and staffing, including astronomers. (The Star Party Coordinators can help you identify local amateur astronomers to partner with.)
  • You commit to trying out in advance the educational activities in the Star Party kit, which will be supplied by the Star Party Coordinators, and to using 3 or more activities (out of at least six) at your event.
  • You commit to recruiting and training staff and volunteers to work at your event, including how to lead kit activities. Do not attempt to host an event solo!
  • You agree to pass along communications from the Star Party Coordinators to everyone working the event.

The North Carolina Science Festival and Statewide Star Party will:

  • Provide hosts with a free Star Party kit with educational activities to engage visitors on the theme of “Star Light, Star Bright.”
  • Provide training on kit activities via a webinar as well as an invitation to in-person training.
  • Promote events on the Festival website as part of the Festival’s online calendar
  • Provide hosts with North Carolina Science Festival branding tools, such as event signage, advertising templates and the North Carolina Science Festival logo for use with print and electronic marketing efforts.
  • Create a unique URL for hosts to use to promote the event within their community.

You can apply to be a Star Party event host from October 19 through November 9, 2016. We will be in touch with all applicants by the end of November.

To apply to be an event host for the 2017 Statewide Star Party, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mickey Jo Sorrell and Amy Sayle

Coordinators, NC Statewide Star Party

Email: starparty@unc.edu

Phone: 919-445-8324


The Statewide Star Party is made possible with the support of NC Space Grant and the NC Science Festival.

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

2017 Star Party kit materials for event host

Coming soon!


Past Star Party kit materials

Here are some of the materials and activities from past Star Party kits: