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7th Annual Cape Fear Museum Star Party

Posted April 1, 2019 at 9:40 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Join Cape Fear Museum, Carolina Beach State Park, Cape Fear Astronomical Society and many other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities on Friday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Carolina Beach State Park, 1010 State Park Road.

This year’s theme, The Moon and Beyond, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Be part of an event that is happening statewide! And, bring a flashlight.

At this FREE event, participants can:

  • Go on a guided night sky tour of the stars and planets.
  • Get up close views of the Moon, stars, planets and more using binoculars and a variety of telescopes.
  • Enjoy indoor stargazing for a fun orientation to the night skies.
  • Cuddle up with loved ones and listen to star-themed stories at the Stellar Story Corner.
  • Visit fun, hands-on activity stations to learn about the moon.
  • Learn stargazing tips from the experts.
  • Pose for pictures with our giant inflatable glowing moon.
  • Encounter Cape Fear Museum’s brand new Science Cycle, a program that will roll out science around town.
  • Enter raffles to win prizes and passes to local attractions.
  • And so much more!

Star Party community partners include:

  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Cape Fear Museum Associates
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks
  • Cape Fear Astronomical Society
  • Brunswick County Early College High School Astronomy Club
  • Children’s Museum of Wilmington
  • New Hanover County Schools
  • New Hanover County Library
  • New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office VIPR and Explorer Groups
  • UNC-Wilmington Centro Hispano Embajadores
  • UNC-Wilmington Women in Science and Engineering
  • UNC-Wilmington Department of Environmental Sciences
  • UNC-Wilmington Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • UNC-Wilmington Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
  • National Weather Service—Wilmington Office
  • Town of Carolina Beach
  • Wilmington Trolley Company
  • Sun Fun Rental

NC Science Festival’s seventh annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the support of 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.

Weather
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, outdoor activity stations will be canceled and only those inside the park’s visitor center will remain, however, space and parking will be limited. Check for weather and event updates right up until the event begins at www.capefearmuseum.com/programs/starparty/.

Parking
Event parking is at the marina, located at the back of the park. Complimentary shuttle service is generously provided by the Wilmington Trolley Company. Handicap transportation via golf cart is available upon request.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until further notice. Standard admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker, bbaker@nhcgov.com, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382