2022 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Understanding the Universe

Photo Credit: Tyler NordgrenThanks to generous grant support from the North Carolina Space Grant, the 2022 North Carolina Science Festival will again feature the Statewide Star Party as a signature initiative.

During this tenth annual Statewide Star Party, 35 hosts will offer public skywatching events across North Carolina on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, 2022. Star Party hosts include state and local parks, colleges and universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries. About 3,500 visitors are expected to participate.

This year’s Star Party theme is “Understanding the Universe,” with a focus on science and engineering related to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Hosts are provided with a Star Party kit of hands-on activities and NASA resources on this theme.

2022 Statewide Star Party Locations

Click here to find a Statewide Star Party event near you.

Map of North Carolina with 35 Statewide Star Party locations

County City Organization
Alamance Burlington Alamance County Public Library
Buncombe Asheville University of North Carolina Asheville
Buncombe Leicester Buncombe County Public Libraries
Cabarrus Harrisburg Cabarrus County Public Libraries
Carteret Atlantic Beach Fort Macon State Park
Cumberland Fayetteville Cumberland County Libraries
Dare Manteo NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Duplin Beulaville Science Alliance of Eastern NC
Durham Durham City of Durham - Parks and Recreation
Forsyth Winston-Salem Kaleideum North
Gaston Gastonia Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Guilford Greensboro Greensboro Science Center
Guilford Jamestown Guilford Technical Community College
Iredell Troutman Lake Norman State Park
Jackson Cullowhee Western Carolina University
Lee Sanford Lee County Libraries
Mecklenburg Charlotte McDowell Nature Center
Mecklenburg Davidson Davidson College
Montgomery Mount Gilead Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site
Nash Rocky Mount Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences - Cummins Planetarium
Nash Nashville Nash County Schools
New Hanover Wilmington Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Onslow Swansboro Hammocks Beach State Park
Orange Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Public Library
Pasquotank Elizabeth City College of the Albemarle
Pitt Grifton NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Contentnea Creek
Robeson Lumberton Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Rowan China Grove Rowan Public Library System
Surry Pinnacle Pilot Mountain State Park
Wake Raleigh City of Raleigh - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Wake Raleigh NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake Raleigh Triangle Land Conservancy
Wilkes Boone Appalachian State University Dark Sky Observatory
Wilson Wilson Imagination Station Science and History Museum
Yancey Burnsville Yancey County Public Library



For more information, please contact:
Amy Sayle
Coordinator, 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 Star Party kit materials (including previous years)

Illustration Credit: Tyler Nordgren