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Yoga Under the Stars: Benefits Beyond the Mat

Oct 2 2019 - 4:41pm


Yoga is more than a buzzword; it’s been practiced for more than five thousand years.

Why has yoga remained a mainstay in our self-care and mindful practices? Research has shown that it has positive benefits including mental and physical health.

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Moonlight Madness: A Family Halloween Event

Sep 27 2019 - 3:16pm

CHAPEL HILL – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is hosting Moonlight Madness, a special Scare-olina Skies event that include planetarium shows and candy. 

Join us on Sunday, October 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for our individual shows; each show will be 20 minutes and a condensed version of our Scare-olina Skies. 


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Why the Oct. 5th Observe the Moon Night is misnamed

Sep 27 2019 - 11:29am

You’ll see the first quarter moon in the afternoon and evening.


When is the Moon in the sky?

We often ask field trip groups this question as we introduce Morehead’s planetarium show Earth, Moon and Sun. The kids usually yell out “nighttime!”

But is the Moon always up at night? Is it up all night long? Is it never up in the day?

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Gazing into the Past

Sep 20 2019 - 5:19pm



On Friday, September 20, 2019, from 8 to 10 p.m., you are invited to join Morehead at the House in the Horseshoe state historic site for a free skywatching event. The address is 288 Alston House Rd, Sanford, NC 27330.

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Morehead presents Docs In Dome Series: 'Farmsteaders'

Aug 16 2019 - 3:56pm

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center presents the Chapel Hill premiere of Farmsteaders, a documentary film directed by former adjunct instructor in visual communication, Shaena Mallett, and produced by associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism, Chad Stevens Heartwood.

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Morehead Planetarium & Science Center awarded multi-year $2.86 million grant from National Science Foundation

Aug 9 2019 - 11:15am

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center awarded multi-year $2.86 million grant from National Science FoundationThe five-year grant will expand science education to additional communities across North Carolina

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Viewing tips for the 2019 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 7 2019 - 9:25am

Perseid meteors appear to radiate away from the direction of the constellation Perseus. (Credit: Stellarium)


The annual Perseid meteor shower is already happening, and is predicted to peak the night of August 12/13, 2019. That’s a Monday evening into early Tuesday morning.

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No, a black supermoon won’t rise in your sky tonight

Jul 31 2019 - 5:30pm

Can’t see anything in the image? It’s not a problem with your device. You can’t see the new moon on July 31, 2019. (Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)


You may have heard that today’s (July 31, 2019) new moon is a “black supermoon” that will make for exceptional stargazing when it rises tonight. This claim misleads in several ways.

Let’s start by breaking down that “black supermoon” term:

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Morehead Planetarium brings GSK Science in the Summer to students in Robeson County

Jul 22 2019 - 1:30pm

Morehead Planetarium brings GSK Science in the SummerTM to students in Robeson County


This week, Morehead Planetarium & Science Center is partnering with GSK to provide a one-week, full-day summer enrichment camp at Pembroke Elementary School as a part of the GSK Science in the Summer™ program. 

The summer learning opportunity for students comes on the heels of Robeson County’s recovery efforts after suffering the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew. 

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How you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Jul 19 2019 - 9:48am

Image credit: NASA


Fifty years ago this July, humans first walked on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. North Carolinians have many ways to celebrate that anniversary: