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Astronomy Week Continues: “Statewide Star Party” on Saturday Night

by | Apr 14, 2021

This composite image created from photos during a lunar eclipse. [Jane Campbell image]


A six-day celebration of astronomy continues as part of the NC Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party

The Davidson College Physics Department invites you to a Virtual Star Party to be held during the week of April 12, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all components of this star party will be held virtually. Come explore the wonders of astronomy and the night sky with your family from the comfort of your own home! Due to the virtual nature of this event, we encourage everyone, regardless of location, to participate in as many of the below events as you are able. You are welcome to participate daily or join us for one or two activities. As always, all of our events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 15th – Exploration of the Moon and Mars
Friday, April 16th – Solar System and Exoplanets
Saturday, April 17: Synchronous Star Party via Zoom from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Our week of fun will culminate in a synchronous Zoom star party during which you will have a chance to interact with other families, collaborate on friendly challenges, and learn more about our Universe. The theme for the 2021 Statewide Star Party is “The Moon and Mars.” Following our interactive family fun time, a presentation about the future exploration of the Moon and Mars will be offered. Weather permitting, the presentation will be followed by a tour of the night sky, live-streamed through one of the College’s telescopes. Materials for the synchronous portion of the star party and a link to access the Zoom session will be available in the page for Saturday’s activities.

Registration for the event is requested, but not required. The first 20 families to register using the registration link will receive a free kit of materials that can be used to complete the asynchronous hands-on activities during the week of April 12th. If you are not one of the first 20 registrants, don’t worry! Most activities will be designed to make use of common household items!

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