Cape Lookout National Seashore hosts September Astronomy Night to showcase Webb Telescope images

By on September 16, 2022

Star Party after the presentation with park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers

Cape Lookout National Seashore (a certified International Dark Sky Park) welcomes night sky enthusiasts to Astronomy Night on Saturday, September 24th at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, at 7:00 P.M. (EDT).

Join us in the Harkers Island Visitor Center Theater as NASA Solar System Ambassador Matthew Bruce conducts a 45-minute presentation on the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) that NASA launched in December 2021. Webb is the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space.

Immediately after the presentation, park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers (a NASA Night Sky Network astronomy club) will host a Star Party on the visitor center grounds that will offer curious participants the chance to view astronomical objects above the Southern Outer Banks through the lens of a telescope.

This event is kid-friendly, but we kindly request no pets.  Stargazing is weather dependent.  Solar System Ambassador programs are rain or shine.  Please monitor the weather and/or call the Harkers Island Visitor Center (252-728-2250) before 5:00 P.M. (EDT) to confirm event status.

Make the most of the night by coming prepared.  Check the weather and dress accordingly.  Also, bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, water, snacks, bug repellent, or any other comfort items. We recommend a flashlight with a red filter to help maintain everyone’s night vision.

Folks may also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their equipment from members of the Stargazers club.

The program is FREE.  For more information, go to

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