COA Star Nights: An Evening Under the Stars during NCSciFest 2022

Published 12:13 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022

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College of The Albemarle will present COA Star Nights: An Evening Under the Stars on Friday, April 8, 2022 from 7-9 p.m. on the front lawn of COA – Elizabeth City at 1208 N Road Street. COA Star Nights is an official event of the 2022 North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest), presented by the Biogen Foundation.

COA Star Nights will be a fun and educational night featuring astronomy activities for all ages. “View the craters of the Moon live through various telescopes! Take a guided tour of the constellations! Walk a half-mile scaled solar system. Learn about the latest findings in Astronomy, including the newly launched Webb Space Telescope!” stated a COA press release. “Stop by before dark or after dark to enjoy a range of Astronomy-themed activities on COA’s Elizabeth City campus. Children and families are welcome; sensory-friendly activities and rooms will be provided.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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“College of The Albemarle is excited to be selected as one of 35 sites across the state of North Carolina to host NCSciFest’s annual Statewide Star Party which is made possible through the generous support of the NC Space Grant,” stated the release.

Lisa Meads, dean of arts and sciences at COA said, “COA is excited to continue to grow STEM education in our local community.  It is events like COA Star Nights and our virtual STEM nights that give our faculty and staff the opportunity to connect with children and adults in our service to celebrate STEM.”

COA Star Nights is one of hundreds of community events this April showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for people of all ages across North Carolina.

The North Carolina Science Festival, founded in 2010 by Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2022, the festival continues to showcase the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina. NCSciFest 2022’s theme is “Engineering Tomorrow,” a celebration of the “E” in STEM and a chance to explore how science can help solve the challenges ahead, stated the release.

“We continue to be amazed by the incredible work our partners are doing to celebrate science,“ said Jonathan Frederick, the festival’s director. “From storytelling at events at local libraries to nighttime skywatching extravaganzas, there really is something for everyone.”

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit

For more information on COA Star Nights: An Evening Under the Stars, contact Todd Krueger at 252-335-0821 ext. 2323 or The rain date for this event is Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 7-9 p.m.