Informational database and request for information on Carteret County astronomy clubs in NC and star gazers groups in the local communities of Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and other areas.
Readers are encouraged to share on social media sites like Twitter and use the comment section below to engage in conversations about astronomy in the county, as well as sending us information.
Crystal Coast Star Gazers
Local group of enthusiast who have banded together and have an interest in sharing information about the night sky and meet monthly to coordinate activities. This group meets monthly at the Webb Memorial Library in Morehead City NC and they have a Facebook Page where you can find out their meeting schedule.
This group typically hosts events at the Fort Macon Bathhouse for viewing, but also holds events at Cape Lookout and Harkers Island.
Astronomy At Fort Macon State Park Bathhouse
This is a great event for kids and parents who want to learn more about the night sky, meteor showers, constellations, stars, and planets.
Under the guide of park rangers, enthusiast meet at the Fort Macon Bathhouse on a consistent schedule to hold viewings (clear sky permitting). Don’t forget to bring your binoculars or telescopes, but if you do not have any this event has a limited number for viewing.
Remaining dates for 2019 include October 11, 2019 from 7 p.m. till 8 p.m. and December 6, 2019 from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.
We will posts the 2020 schedule when it is released or we encourage you to join the Crystal Coast Star Gazers group on Facebook.
We did a quick scan of the Carteret Community College website and found no links to official classes students can take on astronomy, but we did find a link where the college was looking for an instructor to teach a class on this subject.
We encourage you to give them a call at (252) 222-6000 to see if they have any upcoming classes.
Other than the group that meets at the Webb Memorial Library in Morehead City and the event hosted by Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, what other Carteret County astronomy groups are operational in the area? What are their meeting schedules and locations?
If you are an enthusiast of star gazing and exploring the night sky, what is the best time of the year to do so locally? What are some locations in the county best for doing so?
If you are an enthusiast, what would you tell someone new to viewing as it relates to telescopes and other equipment needed?
Where can someone go to learn more about meteor showers that are coming in the future so that they can plan to view it? What about viewing passing asteroids or even looking at the International Space Station?
Has anyone in the county had good luck with viewing SpaceX launches?
Are there any opportunities in the local community where viewers can take a boat out in to our local waters to decrease light pollution?
For events held at Cape Lookout, is there a group that takes a ferry to this location or do members of the group have their own boats?
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September 2020: Members of the Crystal Coast Stargazers met with the Carteret County Commissioners and officials with Cape Lookout National Seashore to designate the park a International Dark Sky Park which is an initiative to promote stargazing, astronomy, and bringing attention to problems with light pollution. During the presentation to commissioners, Vermadel Nienstedt of the stargazers club voiced his thoughts on Cape Lookout being a part of the dark sky initiative could promote astrotourism to the county.
November 11, 2019 from 8 am till 12 pm at the Fort Macon Visitors Center. There will be special telescopes setup for viewing Mercury during the day time (solar event). Additionally, in the overnight hours the northern Taurids meteor shower will be peak. While this event is not known for it’s abundance of observations, the one’s that are observable tend to produce very vivid fireballs.
On October 11, 2019 the International Space Station (ISS) was in full view of the naked eye for those in Eastern NC and our county from 7:10 p.m. till around 7:16 p.m.