Astronomy Night

Light streak across a starry sky
The International Space Station leaves a streak across the sky in this long-exposure image

Brandon Porter, Crystal Coast Stargazers

The night skies above Cape Lookout National Seashore are some of the darkest along the east coast. Star gazing is a favorite past time of campers and other night visitors.

Once a month, the park and its partner, the Crystal Coast Stargazers, hold an Astronomy Night at the Harkers Island Visitor Center. This easily reached area is an ideal spot for learning about constellations, spotting any planets in the sky, watching for the International Space Station on one of its passes overhead, and even using a telescope to see objects deeper in space such as nebula and other galaxies.

The Crystal Coast Stargazers will set up their telescopes for viewing some of the more distant celestial objects or to give you a closer view of the nearer planets.

Want to learn how to use a telescope? A DIY area will have some telescopes for you to use along with an assistant to help you find objects in the sky,

NASA Solar System Ambassadors logo
Special program: A NASA Solar System Ambassador will present programs in the park's theater on what's happening in space exploration.

2019 Astronomy Night Dates
  • June 22

  • July 20
  • August 24
  • September (to be determined)
  • October (to be determined)

NASA Solar System Ambassador programs start at 8:00 pm in the Harkers Island Visitor Center Theater. Programs are given rain or clear skies.

Outside telescope viewing starts at 9:00 pm

Directions to the Harkers Island Visitor Center:
  • End of the road -- that's the end of Island Road on Harkers Island
  • Using GPS? Use 1800 Island Road, Harkers Island, 28531 to find our main parking lot

Last updated: June 18, 2019

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