Thanks to generous grant support from the North Carolina Space Grant, the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival will feature the Statewide Star Party as a signature event.
During this fifth annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, planetariums and nature centers will host public skywatching sessions at 49 sites across North Carolina on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, 2017. About 4,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.
This year’s Star Party theme is “Star Light, Star Bright.” Star Party participants provide the curiosity, and host sites provide the telescopes. Hosts will lead hands-on activities from the Star Party kit that will help visitors observe stars and understand their life cycles.
Photo Credit: Tyler Nordgren
2017 Star Party Kit Materials:
- Star Party Poster
- April 2017 star chart
- 2017 Tips for Hosting a Successful Skywatching Session (with lives of stars sky tour)
- 2017 Web Resources
- The Wishing Star activity instructions
- Take Home a Double Star activity instrucions
- Observing Cards activity instructions
- Observing Cards
- Celestial Treasure Hunt activity instructions and handout
- Kinesthetic Life Cycle of Stars activity instructions
- Lives of stars diagram
- Nuclear Fusion activity instructions
- Let's Make a Supernova! activity instructions