Life on a Star 2 2024

August 18 - August 25

Searching for Life Elsewhere: Exploring Water Worlds of our Solar System.

The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself” Carl Sagan

Through the lens of astronomy and the philosophical pursuit of understanding, we navigate the celestial seas, probing the mysteries of water worlds within our solar system, contemplating the profound implications for life’s existence beyond our earthly shores. Join us as we explore the depths of space and the depths of our own existential curiosity, seeking to illuminate the cosmic tapestry that binds us to the cosmos.

Youth Programming

Our Star Island family is how our children refer to the intergenerational friendships they build on island. Children 0-17 are invited to youth programming in both the moring and afternoon so parents can enjoy the theme speaker and workshops. The Duct Tape Regatta, bottle rockets, and “The Great People Hunt” are a few of the activities that the youth can participate in.

Theme Speaker

John Gianforte, Director, UNH Observatory, Astronomy Instructor

Searching for Life Elsewhere: Exploring Water Worlds of our Solar System. This will be both a scientific and philosophical discussion. In addition to the morning talks, John will be leading solar observations in the afternoon and star gazing in the evening. You are encouraged to bring binoculars and/or telescopes.

Minister of the Week

Rev. Heather Rion Starr, Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes, DE

Program Fees

$177 for adults

$90 for children

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+)

Standard Shared: $1,222 | Standard Single: $1,662

Motel Shared: $1,504 | Motel Single: $2,207


Under 6: Free | 6-11 years: $565 | 12-17 years: $809

Financial Aid

Visit the Life on a Star website to learn more about the conference’s financial aid offerings.

Boat Schedule

Departure from Portsmouth August 18th 2:20 PM

Departure from Star Island August 25th 8:50 AM


Email the conference chairs, Susan & Justin Haase, at