April 7-23, 2017
North Carolina Statewide Star Party
You’re invited to look into the universe during the 5th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.
On April 21 and April 22, 2017, 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 2017 Statewide Star Party is “Star Light, Star Bright.” At the skywatching events, guests can expect to observe a variety of celestial objects. Host sites provide the telescopes, staffing, and activities, and the guests provide the curiosity.
This 21-second time-lapse video shows an example of an entire event, start to finish. Credit: Joe Pedit
Thanks to generous support for the North Carolina Statewide Star Party by NC Space Grant, we are able to provide each Star Party event host with training and a kit of activities and resources.
Interested in attending a star party event? Check the NC Science Festival calendar to find an event near you.
2017 Star Party kit materials for event host
Past Star Party kit materials
Here are some of the materials and activities from past Star Party kits:
- 2016 Star Party poster
- Tips for Hosting a Successful Skywatching Session
- Web Resources
- April 2016 Star Chart
- Activity: Ready to Observe?
- Activity: Create a Constellation
- Activity: Draw What You See – Part 1 (instructions) Part 2 (Moon phase cards)
- Activity: Make a Star Clock – Part 1 (instructions) Part 2 (star clock template)
- Activity: A “Handy” Way to Measure the Sky
- Activity: Celestial treasure hunt
- Activity: Create a solar system
- Activity: Pocket solar system
- Activity: Solar system walk – part 1 (instructions)
- Activity: Solar system walk – part 2 (interpretive cards)
- Activity: Solar system walk – part 3 (ticket on Proxima Centauri airlines)
- Activity: Solar system walk – part 4 (handouts for visitors)
- Activity: Eclipses
- Activity: Craters
- Activity: Moon Phases