It’s a Star Party! Ingram Planetarium will host a free telescope observing session at 7 pm on April 22 in association with the North Carolina Science Festival’s 5th Annual Statewide Star Party.
Learn about the endless wonders of the April cosmos during a live star show inside the planetarium’s dome theater, then step outside and discover these celestial sights for yourself using the planetarium’s telescopes. Trained staff will be available to show you how the telescopes work and direct you to the more interesting astronomical sights.
As part of the evening’s free events, we will feature a special showing of the planetarium’s newest program, “From Earth to the Universe,” at 7 pm. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience, yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience “From Earth to the Universe!”
The guided tour of the night sky and brief explanation of the telescopes on hand for observation will begin at 7 pm in the Ingram Planetarium’s full-dome theater. After sunset, everyone is welcome to step outside and gaze at a selection of the night sky’s offerings through a variety of our telescopes. Outdoor observing is estimated to begin at approximately 8 pm.
As this is an outdoor activity, outdoor observing is dependent upon the weather. Please call Ingram Planetarium at 910-575-0033 or visit our Facebook page on the afternoon of the event to ensure that it will be taking place.
Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. The April 22 star party is free; donations will be gladly accepted. Planetarium seated is limited so arrive early to guarantee admission. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.