Donate! Support your community news.
Subscribe! News delivered to your inbox.

The Stars are Out in Davidson

by | Apr 6, 2022

On the evening of Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm., come explore the wonders of astronomy and the night sky with your family and friends by joining us for the three events described below*. Please stay for all three, or feel free to come for just one or two. As a host for the North Carolina Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party, our theme for all events is “Understanding the Universe,” with a focus on science and engineering related to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

As always, the events are FREE and open to the public!

 *Please note that all sessions are planned to be outdoors and are weather/pandemic permitting. The rescheduling and/or relocation of all events to indoor spaces will depend upon the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and Davidson College COVID guidelines. All guests of the College for this event will be required to strictly adhere to the College’s COVID vaccination and masking policies and other social distancing guidelines. For updates about the status of each of our events and the College’s policies, please check this site closer to the event.

Schedule of Events

Outdoor Activity Fair
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Baker-Watt Science Complex




Public Lecture
8:30 p.m.
Campus Lawn
Path Toward the James Webb Space Telescope
Dr. Jason Ybarra, Davidson College

Dr. Jason Ybarra

Astronomical telescopes, from Galileo’s observations of the night sky to the commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), have expanded and clarified our view of the Universe and our place in it. Along this path, innovations and discoveries have revolutionized our knowledge and advanced our technology.

The talk will be held on the lawn in front of the Chambers building.  A wonderful way to view the stars is to lay on a blanket and simply look up.  A few seats will be provided, but we recommend that you bring your own blanket or chair for seating.  If you are unsure of where to find the lawn, please see the campus map.


Public Stargazing
8:30 – 10:00 pm
Campus Lawn



Support Your Community News