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Can't get eclipse glasses? You can still view the eclipse!

Aug 15 2017 - 12:49pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Can’t get eclipse glasses? Or are you worried the ones you have are counterfeit and unsafe? (If you bought them at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, they’re legitimate.)

You can still view the eclipse – using pinhole projection, where you pass the Sun’s light through a small opening and look at the image that is projected onto the ground, wall, or an index card.

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10 things for North Carolinians to know about the eclipse

Aug 1 2017 - 4:16pm

BY AMY SAYLE​

1. When is the solar eclipse?

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You're invited to the biggest star party in the universe

Apr 20 2017 - 10:27am

BY AMY SAYLE​

North Carolina hosts the biggest star party for the public in the universe (at least we think it’s the biggest) – and you’re invited!

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Announces $5.2 Million Renovation to “#TakeUpSpace”

Apr 3 2017 - 12:05pm

CHAPEL HILL, April, 3, 2017 – “#TakeUpSpace” is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s $5.2 million building project to reimagine the North Carolina icon as a modern-day, technology-advanced science hub, to be unveiled at a launch party Thursday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC. More than 200 invited community stakeholders are expected to attend.

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When the Moon covers the Sun

Feb 24 2017 - 8:57pm

BY AMY SAYLE

An annual solar eclipse happens February 26, 2017.

Credit: NASA JPL “What’s Up for May 2012”

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An evening with Astronaut James Lovell, Apollo 13 commander

Jan 31 2017 - 6:07pm

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT. 

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is proud to present an evening with American Hero and Astronaut James Lovell as part of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival.

Thursday, April 6

7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6, 10 a.m.

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Finding the winter hexagon (and maybe your birthday star)

Jan 31 2017 - 4:51pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Winter Hexagon. (Credit: Stellarium)

Although it certainly can be chilly, winter is a great time of year to see bright stars. Many of the brightest stars in the sky happen to be concentrated in an area near the constellation Orion the Hunter as part of a large star pattern known as the Winter Hexagon.

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Special Valentine's edition of Carolina Skies

Jan 23 2017 - 4:15pm

Friday, Feb. 10 8 p.m.SOLD OUT Saturday, Feb. 11 8 p.mSOLD OUT Tuesday, Feb. 14 7 p.m.- Online ticket sales are closed. A small amount of tickets for the 7 p.m. show will be available for purchase at the door. 

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: LEGO-palooza 2017

Dec 22 2016 - 12:46pm

UPDATE: Rescheduled.

Saturday, April 29

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 30

1 – 4 p.m.

FREE

Winter in Chapel Hill just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to LEGO-palooza at Morehead. For 14 years now, members of the North Carolina LEGO Users Group have created awe-inspiring, never-before-seen displays using the ubiquitous Lego.  Bring your family and friends to Morehead on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, 1-4 p.m.. LEGO-Palooza is recommended for ages six and older.

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4 FAQs about the 2016 Geminids meteor shower

Dec 13 2016 - 4:06pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

1. Why isn’t Morehead holding a skywatching session for the Geminid meteor shower this year?

Blame the moon.

In 2016, the peak night of the Geminids (the night of Dec. 13-14) coincides with the full moon. That means bright moonlight will obscure most of those beautiful streaks of light that you would otherwise see.

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