Looking Up: Star Party, a Unique Stargazing Event

Posted April 14, 2015 at 11:31 am     Category: Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. – Join Cape Fear Museum, Carolina Beach State Park and other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities on Friday, April 24, from 7:00-10:30 p.m. at Carolina Beach State Park (1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach). This year’s Statewide Star Party theme is “Our Solar System.” The Statewide Star Party is part of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival. Be part of an event that is happening statewide. Bring a flashlight!

At this FREE event, visitors can:

  • Take a laser-guided tour of the stars and planets.
  • Get up close views of the Moon, stars, planets and more using a variety of telescopes.
  • Bring your own viewing equipment and locate celestial objects.
  • Participate in a “Planet Jam” and discover a poetic way to remember the planets in their order from the sun.
  • Meet a meteorologist and view digital displays of weather on other planets.
  • Step inside the Museum’s new digital planetarium for a fun orientation to the night skies.
  • Cuddle up with loved ones and listen to a moon-inspired story at the Stellar Story Corner.
  • Construct your own “pocket-sized solar system” to take home.
  • Explore creatures of the night and discover their nocturnal secrets.
  • Sort stuffed animals to find out what happened to poor Pluto, the planet that once was.
  • Discover how to locate planets using only a compass and your hand!
  • Enter raffles to win prizes and passes to local attractions.

Star Party community partners include:

  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Cape Fear Astronomical Society
  • National Weather Service – Wilmington Office
  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • New Hanover County Library
  • UNC Wilmington Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
  • UNC Wilmington WISE (Women In Science & Engineering)

The NC Science Festival’s third annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the generous support of the NC Space Grant. Participating organizations and institutions across the state will be hosting sky-watching parties to help people discover the wonders of their night skies. As an official 2015 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation event, Star Party is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. During a two-week celebration each spring, the Festival brings hundreds of events (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other community organizations) together under one banner to recognize the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina. The Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.

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