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January 20-21 lunar eclipse: This is worth staying up late for, North Carolina

Jan 14 2019 - 10:36am



On late Sunday evening, January 20, 2019, into early Monday morning the 21st, you can watch the full moon pass into Earth’s shadow: a lunar eclipse.

The main action starts Sunday night, Jan. 20, with a partial eclipse beginning at 10:33 p.m. The eclipse will be total from Sunday 11:41 p.m. to Monday 12:43 a.m., then it becomes partial again, ending at 1:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. (All times Eastern.)

Here’s why this lunar eclipse is worth staying up for, North Carolina.

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GSK sponsors GSK Science in the Summer with Morehead Planetarium

Dec 18 2018 - 12:03pm

GSK sponsors GSK Science in the Summer™ with Morehead Planetarium

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9 tips for viewing the 2018 Geminid meteor shower

Dec 11 2018 - 12:40pm


If the weather behaves later this week, you have an opportunity for a sky show at a reasonable hour. One of the best meteor showers of the year – the Geminid meteor shower -- will peak Thursday night, Dec. 13, 2018.

Meteors, sometimes misleadingly called “shooting stars,” are streaks of light caused by cosmic debris interacting with Earth’s atmosphere. Typically, this debris has been left by a comet. In the case of the Geminids, the source is an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon.

Viewing tips:

1) Check the weather.

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Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve

Nov 18 2018 - 3:47pm

CHAPEL HILL – Partnering with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is hosting Night Lights, a day of New Year’s Eve activities for kids of all ages on Monday, December 31st from 2-6 p.m. There will be science activities, planetarium shows with Studio A DanceArts, Science LIVE! performances, and photo booth fun. There will also be a special New Year's Eve countdown. Tickets are for our individual shows, but all other activities are free and open to the public! Feel free to stop by for the games, Science LIVE!

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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)


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


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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


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.