Our Vanishing Night

Our Vanishing Night


For generations, everyone experienced the breathtaking beauty of an unspoiled night sky, with views into our universe of thousands of stars, the Milky Way and even another galaxy. Inspired by the sky, those who came before us told imaginative stories about the patterns they saw in the stars. But when many of us go home tonight and look up, we may see little more than a washed-out orange glow.

Join Morehead at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23, or Saturday, April 24, 2010, in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater for a special Carolina Skies planetarium program, "Our Vanishing Night." During this program, we'll demonstrate how light pollution — the illumination of Earth's atmosphere by outdoor lighting — dims the thousands of stars and other celestial objects found in a natural dark sky.

Using our planetarium projection technology, we'll also experience the sky studded with stars — and stories — as our ancestors did and as we and our children might, if we reduced light pollution. Following the planetarium presentation, join us outside for telescope observing (weather permitting).

The special planetarium production "Our Vanishing Night" will replace the regular "Carolina Skies" show for these two nights. Regular ticket prices apply.