This year marks the 36th anniversary of Bays Mountain Park’s annual three-day astronomical convention and star gathering, StarFest. Join us October 18-20 for a weekend packed with astronomical treats hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and Bays Mountain Planetarium.

Keeping with this year’s theme “Exploring the Spectrum,” all the speakers do astronomical research in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Come learn about radio, infrared, high energy like gamma and x-rays, and gravity waves! (Okay, gravity waves aren’t really on the EM spectrum, but they do have a wavelength.)

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Chuck Higgins, Professor – Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Middle Tennessee State University – “The Radio Universe”
  • Dr. Erin Smith, Deputy Observatory Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, Goddard Space Flight Center – “The Infrared Universe: What Astronomers See, How We See it, and Why JWST Will Change it All”
  • Dr. Tyson Littenberg, Research Astrophysicist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama – “Tuning in to Einstein’s Universe” (Gravity Waves)
  • Dr. Stephen P. Reynolds, Professor of Physics, NC State University – “Exploring the Spectrum of the Remnants of Stellar Explosions”

Your $155 event ticket includes five meals, a custom StarFest t-shirt, planetarium shows, observing and much more! Attendees can sleep on Park premises at no extra cost, or receive a discounted rate at MeadowView Marriott Resort.

Registration is now open! Please note that registration closes on September 27, and StarFest cannot accommodate walk-in participants. Students will receive a discount. Click here to learn how to register.