Star Night events set for COA campuses

Published 11:11 pm Thursday, August 18, 2022

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College of The Albemarle (COA) will hold its first 2022-23 Star Nights event, An Evening Under the Stars, on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 7-9 p.m. at COA – Dare, located at 205 Highway 64 S in Manteo. The event will take place in the amphitheater at COA – Dare.

“COA Star Nights is a fun and educational event 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,” stated a COA press release. “Learn about the latest findings in astronomy, including the James Webb Space Telescope.

“College of The Albemarle is excited to offer this free family-friendly event to our communities.”

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Lisa Meads, dean of arts and sciences at COA said, “COA is excited to host COA Star nights, An Evening Under the Stars, at each campus across our seven-county service area this year. It is an excellent opportunity for our faculty and staff to grow STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) education in our local communities.”

Visit COA – Dare on August 19 to enjoy a range of astronomy-themed activities. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend.  For those unable to attend on August 19, three more events are scheduled for 2022-23. COA Star Nights will also be held on November 4, 2022 at COA – Currituck; March 10, 2023 at COA – Edenton-Chowan; and April 21, 2023 at COA – Elizabeth City.  All events begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

COA Star Nights events are made possible through grant support from Dominion Energy. The half-mile scaled solar system is made possible through support from Lowe’s.

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, August 20, 2022 from 7-9 p.m. Follow College of The Albemarle’s Facebook page for updates.