Statewide Star Party: Bare Dark Sky Observatory - NC Blue Ridge

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Statewide Star Party: Bare Dark Sky Observatory

April 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

This year, the Bare Dark Sky Observatory will participate in the NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party. The observatory is home to the Sam Scope, a 34″ diameter Newtonian telescope — the largest public telescope in North Carolina. The Star Party event will be free to the public, and visitors will have the opportunity to look through the Sam Scope at one or two objects in the night sky, as well as other objects through smaller telescopes that will be set up around the observatory. The Mayland Earth to Sky Park is an International Dark Sky certified location, one of only two in the Southeastern United States. Visitors will have the experience of total darkness. A food truck will be on-site for the event, and tours of the Earth to Sky Park will be available before it gets dark.


Bare Dark Sky Observatory
66 Energy Exchange Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
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