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Morehead to Celebrate International Science Center & Science Museum Day with Donation Drive

Oct 22 2018 - 4:15pm

CHAPEL HILL – On Saturday, Nov. 10, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will be celebrating International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD), a yearly, global event illustrating the impact and reach of all the world’s science centers and science museums. This year, ISCSMD will be recognizing the importance of science as a human right and that everyone has the right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

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Moonlight Madness: A Family Halloween Event

Oct 3 2018 - 1:15pm

CHAPEL HILL – Partnering with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is hosting Moonlight Madness, an evening of Halloween activities for kids of all ages on Saturday, October 27 from 4-8 p.m. There will be games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science LIVE! performances, a costume fashion show, haunted house, candy, food trucks, and photo booth fun.

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Your Checklist For Viewing the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower

Aug 10 2018 - 9:38am

 

(Photo Credit: Stellarium)

BY AMY SAYLE​

The annual Perseid meteor shower is underway and is predicted to peak the night of August 12/13, 2018. That’s Sunday evening into very early Monday morning.

Here’s a checklist for getting the most out of your Perseids viewing this year:

1) Know what you’re looking for.

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How to find Mars in the sky

Jul 27 2018 - 4:48pm

BY AMY SAYLE

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Morehead brings Free Science Program to Gates County

Jul 10 2018 - 2:29pm

GATES COUNTY, N.C. – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will introduce the Saunders Science Scholars program in Gates County Schools, thanks to funding by their advisory board member, Steve Butts.

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The bright point of light in the west after sunset is Venus

Jun 7 2018 - 11:28am

BY AMY SAYLE

Have you been noticing a very bright point of light in the western sky after sunset? It’s Venus. (Unless it’s noticeably moving, in which case it’s probably an airplane.)

If you haven’t seen Venus yet, try going outside in evening twilight and looking toward the same direction that the Sun set. As long as clouds, trees, or buildings don’t block your view, you’ll see Venus. This planet is very bright, noticeably brighter than any star in the night sky. But don’t mistake it for bright Jupiter, which lies in the southeast at nightfall.

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You're invited to the biggest Statewide Star Party in the universe

Apr 17 2018 - 11:21am

BY AMY SAYLE

North Carolina hosts the biggest* statewide star party for the public in the entire universe—and you’re invited!

The 6th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2018. Thirty-seven hosts across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will offer skywatching events for the public on April 20 or 21. These hosts include astronomy clubs, parks, libraries, nature centers, and universities.

 

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GSK sponsors GSK Science in the Summer™ with Morehead Planetarium

Mar 6 2018 - 10:10am

NORTH CAROLINA —Morehead Planetarium & Science Center is once again partnering with GSK to present GSK Science in the Summer™, a free program aimed at providing high-quality science education to underrepresented and underserved populations during the summer. Science in the Summer works to prevent what is known as the ‘summer slide,’ when students forget what they learned from the school year in the summer.

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Astronauts on the Front Porch: Tales of Astronaut Training at Morehead

Feb 12 2018 - 11:55am

CHAPEL HILL – On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7 PM, Michael G. Neece will provide insider knowledge about NASA astronauts training at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center during the 1960s and 70s. Neece will share some of his research from his upcoming books and documentary film about Morehead, focusing on the director of the planetarium at that time, Tony Jenzano. This event is hosted by the Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society (CHAOS) at Morehead’s Science Stage.

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NEVER AGREE TO MARRY THE NORTHERN LIGHTS (and other life lessons from Valentine sky stories)

Feb 7 2018 - 5:33pm

BY AMY SAYLE

My all-time favorite show to present is Carolina Skies: Valentine edition. In this live, storytelling-focused planetarium show for adults, you’ll discover a few of the love stories from around the world that are playing out in the sky each night.

Not only do these stories provide an excellent excuse for learning to identify stars and constellations, they offer intriguing life lessons. Bring a date or a friend or just yourself, and find out:

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