2020 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Photo Credit: Tyler Nordgren

Seeing the Universe

The 2020 North Carolina Science Festival will feature the Statewide Star Party as a signature event, thanks to support from the North Carolina Space Grant.

During the 8th annual Statewide Star Party, 36 hosts will offer public skywatching sessions across North Carolina on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, 2020. Star Party hosts include astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries. About 4,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.

This year’s Star Party theme is “Seeing the Universe.” Hosts will lead hands-on activities from the Star Party kit that will help visitors understand how telescopes and light help us learn about the universe.

List of Host Organizations

County City Organization
Buncombe Asheville UNC Asheville
Cabarrus Harrisburg Cabarrus County Public Library
Catawba Maiden Catawba County Library
Chatham Pittsboro Chatham Community Library
Cumberland Fayetteville Methodist University
Dare Nags Head Jockey's Ridge State Park
Durham Durham Durham Parks and Recreation
Forsyth Winston-Salem Kaleideum
Guilford Gibsonville Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Guilford Jamestown Cline Observatory/GTCC
Jackson Sylva Western Carolina University
Macon Franklin Macon County Public Library
Mecklenburg Charlotte Discovery Place
Mecklenburg Charlotte McDowell Nature Center
Mecklenburg Davidson Davidson College
Nash Nashville Town of Nashville Parks and Recreation
New Hanover Carolina Beach Cape Fear Museum
Onslow Sneads Ferry Onslow County Museum and Environmental Education Center
Onslow Swansboro Hammocks Beach State Park
Orange Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Public Library
Orange Durham Duke Teaching Observatory
Orange Hillsborough Orange County Public Library
Orange Rougemont Little River Regional Park & Nature Area
Pitt Grifton A Time For Science: Grifton
Robeson Lumberton Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Rowan China Grove Rowan Public Library
Rowan Cleveland Rowan Public Library
Stanly Albemarle Morrow Mountain State Park
Stokes Danbury Hanging Rock State Park
Surry Pinnacle Pilot Mountain State Park
Transylvania Sapphire Friends of Gorges State Park
Wake Garner Town of Garner
Wake Raleigh Triangle Land Conservancy
Wake Raleigh Wilkerson Nature Preserve
Wilkes Purlear Appalachian State University
Wilson Wilson Imagination Station Science and History Museum

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.

Click here for digital copies of Statewide Star Party kit materials

Illustration Credit: Tyler Nordgren