Zoom In

What's behind the doors of "Zoom in"?

Educator Resource Kit

"Zoom In" opened on Feb. 23, 2007, and closed in 2012.

Snap a photo of outer space using a real telescope in Chile. Magnify an object 200 times its normal size. Take a virtual trip inside a dog. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s interactive visitor experience,“Zoom In: Science at the Extremes,” has something for almost everyone.

This two-part exhibit highlights the big and small of our universe through the story of a gamma ray burst discovery and the examination of the inner workings of a human lung. “Zoom In” visitors will find lots to do including interactive learning adventures involving both lung cilia and remote telescopes in Chile, South America. Visitors can even relive the action of a star explosion recorded by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Dan Reichart and Morehead’s own Josh Haislip.

Students in grades 3–8 will especially enjoy a visit to "Zoom In," but anyone who visits will take away a new understanding of our universe. The exhibit is located in the Lower Exhibit Gallery (previously the orrery).

Visit Morehead's interactive calendar to find out when "Zoom In" is open.

“Zoom In” is sponsored by Copernicus Group IRB. Additional support was provided by the N.C. Biotechnology Center, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and NASA.

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.