With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On April 22, 2020, join us in the green space and event field by our Visitors Center to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower! You’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky with opportunities to view up to 10 – 15 meteors per hour left behind from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, with “surges” that can peak at up to 100 meteors an hour. Thanks to a waning crescent, next-to-new phase this year, there will be practically zero interference from the Moon while you observe the night sky and the meteor shower. You’ll also have excellent viewing opportunities of many nebulæ, galaxies, and other stars and astronomical phenomena in the night sky with your binoculars or telescope.
We are also excited to announce that this event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, which is a month long celebration of science every April. In 2020, the NC Science Festival will be bringing hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers will all enjoy events taking place throughout North Carolina.
Another NC Science Festival the Animal Park will be hosting is STEM @ the Animal Park on April 18th. Click here to learn more.
Choose to participate in the viewing party only, take a tour before the viewing party, or camp out overnight! Learn more here!