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The Davidson College Physics Department invites you to a Virtual Star Party to be held during the week of April 12, 2021 as part of the annual North Carolina Science Festival. 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 our events are free and open to the public. Register HERE.

Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16: Asynchronous hands-on family activities
We invite families to participate in daily themed activities, challenges, and educational content. Each day, a variety of materials will be posted to our Star Party website for you to explore. There will be 5 collections of activities – one for each day of the week. Full details and access to our asynchronous activities will be available on our website.
Saturday, April 17: Synchronous Star Party via Zoom from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Our week of fun will culminate in a live 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. Full details about each of these components and accessing the live Star Party will be available on our website.
Registration for the event is requested, but not required. A link to register for all or parts of our event can be found on our event webpage. The first 20 families to register 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!

The NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the generous support of the NC Space Grant.