2019 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Photo Credit: Tyler Nordgren

The Moon and beyond!

The 2019 North Carolina Science Festival will feature the Statewide Star Party as a signature event, thanks to generous grant support from the North Carolina Space Grant.

During this 7th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries will host public skywatching sessions at more than 50 sites across North Carolina on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2019. About 5,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.

This year’s Star Party theme is “The Moon and Beyond” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon. Hosts will lead moon observing and hands-on activities from the Star Party kit to help visitors explore all things lunar. 


Interested in learning more about our Moon and beyond? To further celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 11, many Star Party host sites will be hosting events in the month of July. Check the listings below to find an event near you. 

2019 NC Statewide Star Party Locations

Map of 2019 Statewide Star Part Sites




    Click here for Star Party kit materials

    For more information, please contact:
    Amy Sayle and Hope Thomson
    Coordinators, NC Statewide Star Party
    Email: starparty@unc.edu 

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

    Illustration Credit: Tyler Nordgren