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:
“Super blue blood moon?” What North Carolinians can--and can’t--expect to see from the Jan. 31, 2018 lunar eclipse
BY AMY SAYLE
You may have heard about a “super blue blood moon” in reference to the lunar eclipse happening this Wednesday morning (January 31, 2018).
Before we get to tips for observing the eclipse, let’s break down that sensational-sounding phrase:
CHAPEL HILL – Since 2005, the North Carolina LEGO Users Group has put on LEGO-palooza at Morehead Planetarium & Science center. Intricate LEGO exhibits are displayed throughout the building for a weekend -- scenes of outer space, trains, amusement parks, city landmarks and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy. LEGO-palooza will also have LEGO activities so kids can come up with their own creation. The hours are:
(From left: White, McDivitt, Jenzano, Borman, and Lovell in Astronaut Training at Morehead Planetarium, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Image Collection Collection #P0004, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
BY MICHAEL G. NEECE (www.meteormike.space)
CHAPEL HILL – This January, Morehead and the Carrboro Yoga Company present: Yoga Under the Stars. Start the New Year mindfully in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Full Dome Theater, beneath an array of stars. There will be four yoga sessions, each with a different feel to create a unique, immersive environment.
The classes will take place on:
BY AMY SAYLE
Image credit: Stellarium
This week offers you an opportunity for a sky show at a reasonable hour. One of the best meteor showers of the year – the Geminid meteor shower -- is underway and will peak Wednesday night, Dec. 13, 2017.
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 Sunday, December 31st from 2pm-6pm. There will be games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science LIVE! performances, and photo booth fun. The day ends with a New Year’s countdown. Tickets are SOLD OUT 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!
CHAPEL HILL – On Friday, November 17 from 7PM-midnight, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host our annual philanthropic black-tie event, the Jupiter Ball. Join us for an evening of fine food, stargazing, dancing, and honored guests for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Jupiter Ball Fund, which grants scholarships to eligible schools around North Carolina to visit Morehead.