NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
The Mountains are Calling!! Join us for the Statewide Star Party @ Gorges as we’ll “See the Universe” from the dark skies of Gorges State Park with an elevation of ~3400’ and nestled along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Hosted by the Friends of Gorges State Park, this Statewide Star Party is open to the public with entrance at no cost from 7:00pm to 10:30pm on Friday, April 24th with free parking and a variety of amenities and activities for Stargazers of all ages. In partnership with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation and the Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), the Friends of Gorges will provide a variety of telescopes for visitor viewing throughout the evening as well a separate Stargazing area for you amateur astronomers out there to set up your own telescope(s). Aside from feeding your Stargazing appetite, we will also have food trucks and non-alcoholic beverage stations available for sale. This is a family-friendly event with numerous activities for our Junior Astronomers included at no cost. Gorges State Park boasts a Gold Level LEED Certified visitors center with educational exhibits, an auditorium, classroom, beautiful stone fireplace, and beautiful vistas, which at sunset, are something to see! Registration is required as space is limited. Go to https://friendsofgorges.org/ to find out how to register and get more details about the Friends of Gorges Statewide Star Party @ Gorges!