Virtual Star Party 2021

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Cape Fear Museum’s annual STAR PARTY has gone VIRTUAL! 

Get ready for an at-home exploration and celebration of this year’s theme, Moon and Mars!

Tuesday, April 13 at 1 PM and
Thursday, April 15 at 6 PM
Test your knowledge with a themed trivia session! Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a fun-filled question session and all ages are encouraged to participate. Be sure to check the trivia website for resources and hints about the questions each week!

Wednesday, April 14 at 10 AM
Join Ms. Jorey on Facebook for an active story reading about Colorful Space. Planets, stars and dust, oh my! What colors in space do you think we’ll spy?

Thursday, April 15 at 4 PM
Join Ms. Jorey on Facebook for a bilingual active story reading of Snakes in Space / Serpientes en Espacio. Follow five snakes as they blast into space for an adventure! / Sigue a cinco serpientes mientras van al espacio para una aventura!

Friday, April 16 at 8 PM
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will present a virtual skywatching experience! Participants will explore current astronomy topics, learn about hidden science stories, and observe the night sky using both planetarium software and video feeds from live telescopes! Plus, we’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Sheila Kannappan, who studies the evolution of galaxies and the larger cosmic structures in which they live. Click here to register for the Zoom event.


My Moon Myth Mad Lib
Cultures around the world have created stories about the Moon. We invite you to create a Moon myth using this fun, interactive, Mad Libs-style story that you add words to and make it your own! Click here to download now!

My Home Stargazing Map
Stargazing is fun! It’s even more enjoyable if you know how to locate things in the night sky. Discover how to use a compass to help locate celestial objects and make your own home stargazing map! Click here to download now!

Classic Storytime Challenge
Our friends at the library created a cool Classic Storytime Challenge featuring a constellation. Click here to check it out!

Visit the NC Science Festival event page for more information and to download digital copies of Statewide Star Party kit materials.

Interested in even more Star Party action and activities, click here to check out what our friends at Davidson College are doing this year.

Beginning Thursday, April 1, families can visit Cape Fear Museum to pick up a FREE 2021 Star Party Activity Kit filled with fun, hands-on astronomy materials and helpful stargazing tools. Once you receive your kit, enjoy the activities whenever and wherever you want. Kits will be available for pickup at our front desk and are limited to one kit per family.

We are making 100 kits and they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Once they are gone, use the links below to download and print your own activities and stargazing resources. If you don’t have all the materials at home, don’t worry. Get creative and use what’s available to you! Kits are SOLD OUT as of 4/9.


The Statewide Star Party is made possible with the support of NC Space Grant and the NC Science Festival.


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