Bays Mountain Park hosts 36th annual StarFest

Matthew Lane • Sep 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Bays Mountain Park will once again be shooting for the stars this fall with the 36th anniversary StarFest — an annual three-day astronomical convention and star gathering event.

StarFest will take place from Oct. 18 through Oct. 20 and will be a weekend packed with all manner of astronomical treats, including presentations from notable astronomers, physicists, and researchers.

The event is hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and Bays Mountain Planetarium.

Keeping with this year’s theme, “Exploring the Spectrum,” all of the speakers do astronomical research using different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Come learn about radio, infrared, high energy gamma and x-rays, and gravity waves.


· 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, Ala.: “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”


• Five meals with vegetarian options.

• A unique, custom T-shirt.

• The opportunity to sleep on the park premises at no extra cost. A discounted rate is also offered for the MeadowView Resort and Convention Center.

• Planetarium shows, observing, and much more.

Registration is open through Sept. 27, and students will receive a discount. StarFest cannot accommodate walk-in participants. To learn more about the event or to register now, visit www.baysmountain.com.