View the Night Sky During NC Science Festival


Image provided by Burlington Recreation & Parks

Burlington Recreation & Parks in partnership with Alamance County Library and the Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society (CHAOS) will present Star Party – Finding Your Way in the Sky on Friday, April 8 at Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina. The Star Party is an official event of the 2016 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.

As an official 2016 North Carolina Science Festival event, the Star Party is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a two-week series of community-based events each spring hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations, the festival celebrates the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“Science is fun, science is everywhere, science is for everyone — that’s what the North Carolina Science Festival is all about,” says Jonathan Frederick, Festival director. “In 2016, we have a special focus on ‘Science in the Great Outdoors’ in partnership with North Carolina State Parks, with events from April 8 through April 24.”

The Star Party will include hands-on astronomy activities, celestial crafts and viewing of the night sky through telescopes provided by CHAOS. This event is for all ages. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. And while the Star Party is a free event, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call the Outdoor Program Coordinator at 336-222-5135.

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit

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