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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 21, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Carolina Beach State Park (1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach).

This year’s Statewide Star Party theme is “Star Light, Star Bright.” The Statewide Star Party is part of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival.  Be part of an event that is happening statewide! Be sure to bring a flashlight.

At this FREE event, visitors can:

  • Go on 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.
  • Experience a full-dome digital planetarium show.
  • Discover why stars appear to twinkle and draw your best twinkling star.
  • Find out what diffraction spikes are and construct your own ‘pointy’ star.
  • Observe the effects of light pollution, ‘save’ a star in the sky, and participate in our dark skies pledge.
  • Examine galaxies galore, discover how they’re classified, and design your own galaxy to take home.
  • Visit our satellite observation station and discover how to locate and view these “moving stars”.
  • Visit the “out of this world” technology center and discover cool astronomy apps for your mobile devices.
  • Cuddle up with loved ones and listen to star-themed stories at the Stellar Story Corner.
  • 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
  • Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks
  • New Hanover County Library
  • New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office VIPR Squad
  • New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Explorers
  • Sunfun Rentals
  • UNC Wilmington Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
  • Wilmington Trolley Company

Star Party will happen rain or shine. However, some activities are weather dependent. In the event of cloudy/overcast skies, telescope viewings and laser-guided constellation tours will be cancelled. In the event of rain, some activity stations will move inside the park’s visitor’s center, however, space and parking will be limited. Check www.capefearmuseum.com/programs/starparty/ for weather and event updates right up until the event begins.

Event parking is at the marina, located at the back of the park. Complimentary shuttle service is generously provided by the Wilmington Trolley Company.

The NC Science Festival’s fifth annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the 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.

Event contact:

Jameson McDermott, Museum Educator
Cape Fear Museum
910-798-4363

Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that exists to ensure the success of Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. We rely on annual, tax-deductible memberships and donations to help fund exhibitions, educational programs and community awareness. Your support helps preserve the Museum’s 52,000 artifacts and provides opportunities for the 46,000 yearly visitors of all ages to explore the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region.