2021 North Carolina Statewide Star Party

Photo Credit: Tyler NordgrenMoon and Mars

The 9th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the 2021 NCSciFest, will be held Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 2021. This year's theme is "Moon and Mars."

In recognition of continuing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Star Party will be planned as a pandemic-proof event, following a hybrid model that can pivot to all-virtual offerings as needed.

Find a star party event

List of host organizations

County City Organization
Beaufort Aurora Aurora Fossil Museum
Brunswick Bald Head Bald Head Island Conservancy
Buncombe Asheville Buncombe County Library System - Pack Memorial Library
Buncombe Asheville University of North Carolina Asheville
Buncombe Black Mountain Christmount Assembly
Burke Nebo Lake James State Park
Cabarrus Harrisburg Cabarrus County Public Library
Carteret Atlantic Beach Fort Macon State Park
Dare Hatteras Hatteras Village Civic Association
Dare Nags Head Jockey's Ridge State Park
Durham Durham City of Durham Parks and Recreation
Forsyth Winston-Salem Kaleideum
Guilford Greensboro Greensboro Science Center
Guilford Jamestown Cline Observatory, Guilford Technical Community College
Guilford Sedalia Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Jackson Cullowhee Western Carolina University
Lee Sanford Lee County Libraries
Mecklenburg Charlotte McDowell Nature Center
Mecklenburg Mooresville Davidson College
Montgomery Mt. Gilead Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site
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 Khan Planetarium, Elizabeth City State University
Pitt Grifton North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Contentnea Creek
Randolph Asheboro Asheboro Public Library
Robeson Hope Mills Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Rowan China Grove Rowan Public Library System
Wake Garner White Deer Park, Town of Garner
Wake Raleigh City of Raleigh
Wake Raleigh Triangle Land Conservancy
Watauga Boone Appalachian State University Dark Sky Observatory
Wilson Wilson Imagination Station Science and History Museum
Yancey Burnsville Yancey County Public Library
Yancey Spruce Pine Mayland Earth to Sky Park

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 digital copies of Statewide Star Party kit materials

Illustration Credit: Tyler Nordgren