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
- 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
Past Star Party kit materials
Here are some of the materials and activities from past Star Party kits :
- Tips for hosting a successful skywatching session
- Web resources
- 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