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You’re invited to a Star Party! April 16 & 17, 2021

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April 15, 2021
By Amy Sayle

North Carolina Statewide Star Party returns, celebrating “Moon and Mars”

North Carolina hosts the biggest* statewide star party for the public in the entire universe—and you’re invited!

The 9th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, 2021. This year’s theme is “Moon and Mars,” in celebration of two of the most prominent objects in the mid-April 2021 evening sky.

Most Star Party events are free. Some events are in-person; others are virtual.

What might you do at an in-person Star Party event? Depending on which event you choose, you might:

Statewide Star Party poster designed by Tyler Nordgren
Credit: Tyler Nordgren
Please Note

All Star Party hosts have been asked to follow state and local public health guidelines. Remember to protect yourself and your community by wearing a face mask and observing social distancing.

Prefer to participate in a virtual Star Party event? You have lots of options! This is just a sampling:

Click here to see ALL your Star Party options. Please note that many events, whether they are in-person or virtual, require advance registration.

The NC Statewide Star Party is made possible by funding from NC Space Grant and with the support of 35 Star Party hosts from the mountains to the coast, including parks, libraries, historic sites, nature centers, museums, planetariums, and colleges and universities.

North Carolina map with plotted locations of 2021 Star Party sites

The Statewide Star Party is part of the annual NC Science Festival, which features science events throughout North Carolina during the entire month of April. Find a Star Party event—and more science events—at the Festival website.

(*we think it’s the biggest, anyway)