April 7-23, 2017

North Carolina Statewide Star Party

You’re invited to look into the universe during the 4th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

On April 8 and April 9, 2016, 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 2016 Statewide Star Party is “Find Your Way in the Sky.” 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, 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.

2016 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 :