The 2020 North Carolina Science Festival featured the Statewide Star Party as a signature event, supported with funding from North Carolina Space Grant.

During this 8th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers and libraries hosted public sky-watching sessions at approximately 35 sites across North Carolina in March and April. About 4,000 visitors and 200 STEM professionals and volunteers are expected to participate.

For information on Star Party events, visit the N.C. Science Festival website at:

About the events

Star Party participants provide the curiosity, and host sites provide the telescopes. Hosts lead hands-on activities from the Star Party kit that help visitors explore the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe, how we might find it and what it might look like.

Time-lapse image captured during a 2017 Star Party