Mid Atlantic Star Party
|Organization||Mid Atlantic Star Party (MASP)|
|Location||Robbins, North Carolina|
|Weather||Variable weather - clear dark night skies|
|Established||October 1, 1995|
|Website||Mid Atlantic Star Party|
The Mid Atlantic Star Party (MASP) is an annual regional gathering of amateur astronomers (star party) held each fall around October near Robbins, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this event is no longer being held. Please see the reasons as listed on the MASP's website.
First held in 1995, MASP is located in one of the darkest spots along the eastern U.S. coast and is the largest annual gathering of amateur astronomers between Vermont's Stellafane and Florida's Winter Star Party.
With attendance usually numbering in the hundreds, MASP was held at the Occoneechee Council Boy Scout camp for the first decade of operation before scheduling conflicts forced a site change. The star party has become a focus of the town of Robbins' economic and cultural planning process and has spurred the creation of a regional "dark park" to control light pollution.
- "About MASP". Mid-Atlantic Star Party. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- Walsh, S. Kirk (23 September 2005). "AHEAD; Star Parties". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- Chappell, John (7 September 2006). "Robbins Seeks New Site for Star Party". Southern Pines Pilot. Retrieved 2007-03-23.[dead link]
- Chappell, John (12 September 2006). "Robbins Star Party Here to Stay". Southern Pines Pilot. Retrieved 2007-03-23.[dead link]
- Chappell, John (17 October 2006). "Robbins Sets Plans For STEP". Southern Pines Pilot. Retrieved 2007-03-23.[dead link]
- "Dark Park". DarkPark.Org. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
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