Statewide Star Parties Happening April 21 in the Triangle
This year’s Star Party theme is “Star Light, Star Bright”
This year’s North Carolina Science Festival will also include the fifth annual Statewide Star Party with several astronomy clubs, state and local parks, planetariums and nature centers hosting FREE sky-watching sessions at 49 sites throughout the state.
This year’s Star Party theme is “Star Light, Star Bright.” Hosts will lead hands-on activities from the Star Party kit that will help visitors observe stars and understand their life cycles.
Here are the Star Party events happening in the Triangle on Friday, April 21:
Solar Viewing at Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27617
Noon-2 p.m. Come look closer than you ever have before at Earth’s most important, most impressive star: the Sun. Rain or shine, we will have activities that relate to our solar system and the sun in particular. Learn about solar flares and the history of the study of the sun. If conditions are right we will set up our telescope with a solar filter for viewing the sun.
American Tobacco Trail in Wake County
White Oak Park Area
1305 White Oak Church RD
Apex, NC 27523
6:30-10:30 p.m. Hands-on activities early in the evening while there is light. As the sun goes down, observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and enjoy constellation storytelling. Bring your curiosity, water bottle, blanket or chairs and your own viewing instrument (if you have one).
Eno River at Fews Ford
6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705
7-10 p.m. We’ll have several telescopes set up for viewing, a table with educational activities, and visiting astronomers to guide us.
Falls Lake State Recreation
14600 Creedmoore Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
7-9 p.m. Join NC State University’s Astrophysics group and Falls Lake park rangers.
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27601
7:30-9:30 p.m. Hands-on activities and serene stargazing on the cemetery grounds.
Little River Regional Park
301 Little River Park Way
Rougemont, NC 27572
8-10:30 p.m. Come early for the hands-on activities and stay late for the stars. Be sure to call the park office after 4 p.m. for cloud/cancelation updates. 919-732-5505. Meet at the Play Meadow.
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614
8-10:30 p.m. Space-themed activities and sky viewing.
Old North Durham Park
310 W. Geer St.
Durham, NC 27701
8:30-10:30 p.m. Join Durham Parks and Recreation, NCCU and Chapel Hill Astronomy Club to gaze at the stars.
Prairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616
8:30-11 p.m. Join the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Raleigh Astronomy Club for an evening of stellar exploration. View the night sky through RAC’s telescopes and participate in fun educational activities and citizen science projects courtesy of the NCMNS.
Duke Teaching Observatory
W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC 27705
9-11 p.m. Join us at the Duke Teaching Observatory at Duke Forest. Telescopes will be available for you to look at Jupiter and its moons, multiple star systems, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
For more information, visit http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/starparty.
Source: North Carolina Science Festival