Carolina Skies


Although "Carolina Skies" is one of the oldest shows at Morehead, it's never the same twice! This show lets Planetarium visitors explore the heavens as they will appear each night above North Carolina.

Viewers learn how to identify the planets and stars currently making up the night sky and how to find the cardinal directions using celestial signposts. Viewers are also taken on a guided tour of the constellations and the ancient myths that string together their component stars.

More than this, however, "Carolina Skies" is a show of the audience's own making. Because each presentation is manually controlled by one of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's trained star projector pilots, the flow of the presentation can be determined by questions fielded from the audience.

Featuring a live presenter and using the fulldome projection system to its fullest, this show is a traditional planetarium star show. Shows similar to "Carolina Skies" have been a staple of Morehead programming since its founding in 1949.

Age recommendation

"Carolina Skies" can be an excellent introduction to the night sky for beginners or can be a deeper exploration for the more experienced sky-watcher. It is among the best choices for adults attending a planetarium show. "Carolina Skies" is recommended for children 8 and up. This show is not recommended for small children.

Seasonal schedules

Visiting soon? Check out Morehead's interactive calendar to see what's happening when you'll be here. Just click the date — the interactive calendar is typically up-to-date within one week of today.

Please note that Morehead does not offer all of its shows every day and that exhibits may be closed for maintenance or for classes during some hours.

If you're planning to visit several weeks from today, check out our current schedule of public shows to plan your trip and check the interactive calendar just before your visit to learn about any schedule updates.

Please note that seasonal schedules change four times each year (spring, summer, fall and holiday), and some shows are not offered during every schedule.


School shows

In addition to its public shows, Morehead offers shows during the week especially for school classes and other field trip groups. These school shows do not appear on the seasonal schedule but do appear on Morehead's daily calendar.

If seats are available, the public may purchase tickets to school shows.

However, school groups with reserved seating have first priority on any remaining seats (for example, if extra chaperons attend), so Morehead cannot guarantee that public seats will be available for school shows.