2018 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Photo Credit: Tyler Nordgren

Anyone Out There? 

The 2018 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 6th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries will host public skywatching sessions at 37 sites across North Carolina on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2018. About 4,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.

This year’s Star Party theme is “Anyone Out There?” 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 explore the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe, how we might find it, and what it might look like. 


2018 NC Statewide Star Party Locations

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21


2018 Star Party Kit Materials:

Click here for 2017 Star Party Kit Materials

For more information, please contact:
Mickey Jo Sorrell and Amy Sayle 
Coordinators, NC Statewide Star Party
Email: starparty@unc.edu 
Phone: 919-445-8324

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

Illustration Credit: Tyler Nordgren