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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: