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WCU to host ‘Star Party’ at Jackson County Airport

By Marlon W. MorganEnrique Gomez

Enrique Gomez

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing party at the Jackson County Airport at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16.

The viewing is part of the 2021 North Carolina Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party and is free and open to the public. Astronomy faculty from WCU will be on hand with telescopes to show the moon, Mars, star clusters and galaxies. They will also teach viewers how to identify spring constellations and lead activities for children on this year’s theme, “Moon and Mars.”

The 9th annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party is a signature event of the 2021 N.C. Science Festival. In case of bad weather or overcast skies, the viewing will be postponed to Saturday, April 17, at the same time and location.

Details and updates on the event due to weather or a change in COVID-19 protocols can be found HERE, or by calling Enrique Gomez at 828-227-2718. The N.C. Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party is made possible through the support of the N.C. Space Grant.

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