Upcoming Events

April 22, 2017 – Join us as we serve as a host site for the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party.  A timeline of events is below:

  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm:  An interactive demo show called Story of a Star in Dana 146
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm:  A public lecture entitled Practice, Practice, Practice for the Perfect Solar Eclipse by NASA Solar System Ambassador Larry Metcalf in Dana 146.
  • 8:30 – 10:30 pm:  Stargazing on Chambers lawn.  Join us for a night of fun, giveaways, and to view the heavens through our telescopes.  Weather update:  We anticipate that it may be too cloudy for stargazing.  Visit the Outreach/Events page to see more info.

August 21, 2017 – The Sun, the Moon, and You:  A total eclipse celebration 117 years in the making.  Join us in Winnsboro, SC as we travel south to view the solar eclipse in totality and commemorate the expedition made 117 years earlier by past Davidson physics professor and College president Dr. Henry Smith to observe the 1900 total eclipse that passed through the same region.  Done in collaboration with the Fairfield Museum in Winnsboro.

Recent News/Events

April 8, 2107 – We had a successful first ever Davidson Space Day!  Approximately 350 guests were in attendance for an astronomy fair, public lecture by NASA Solar System Ambassador Jack Howard, and stargazing with the member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club.

December 1-3, 2016 – Our second star party of the academic year took place as part of Christmas in Davidson.  Thanks to all those who stopped to look through our telescope and visited our booth to make a Saturn or star Christmas ornament!  We estimate that about 900 guests visited us over the course of the three days!

November 3 – 5, 2016 – Attended the Quadrennial Physics Congress in San Francisco, CA.  Research student Vincent Hickl presented a poster detailing his research work imaging the Galactic center.

October 29, 2016 – Stargazing with the families of Shearer Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC.

October 22, 2016 – Fall stargazing at Fisher Farms Park in collaboration with the Town of Davidson, WOW, and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club.  An estimated 400 guests joined us at the park.

September 29, 2016 – Our first Star Party of the year!  Thanks to Dr. Brad Barlow of High Point University for delivering a great public lecture as part of the event!

May 9, 2016 – Viewing of the Mercury Transit from Chambers Lawn.

May 5, 2016 – Thompson delivered invited talk to the Astronomy Club of Asheville entitled “Star Formation through Radio Eyes.”

April 29th, 2016 – Spring Fisher Farms Stargazing

April 8th, 2016 – Our first Star Party was a great success!  An estimated 75 – 100 guests showed up to view the nighttime sky through our telescopes, even though the sky was partially cloudy.  Thanks to all who came!

Jan 2016 – AAS Winter Meeting, Kissimmee, FL