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Star Party kicks off North Carolina's Science Festival


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The universe is still a vast mystery to us. A mystery most people just enjoy taking in.
That's why over 700 people lined up at Airlie Gardens Friday night to do some star gazing. Star Parties around the state kicked off North Carolina's Science Festival. The goal is to get people more interested in science.

"Seeing our place in the universe just as human beings," said Cape Fear Museum educator Tom Osborne. "On a more earthly level, we need to expose kids to as much science and engineering as possible to make sure we stay an educated culture and continue to advance."

The Star Party included plenty of telescopes, and even its own portable planetarium called Starlab. People crawled inside the inflatable star center to learn about constellations and planets from Wilmington's point of view. Some folks were just completely overwhelmed with all the activities.

"I'm not so sure," said Michael age 6 when asked what he wanted to do next. "There is lots to do."

To learn more about the fun, scientific activities during North Carolina's Science Festival, head to and click on the calendar tab.

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