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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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Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve

Dec 1 2016 - 9:30am

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 

2-6 p.m.

Families can get a jump on 2017 at Morehead’s annual Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. for a family-fun day of engaging science activities. Attractions include special planetarium shows, dance performances by Studio A, crafts and games with Kidzu Kid’s Museum, a photo booth and food trucks. And, there will be a star-studded kids countdown in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome to usher in the new year.

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How a bear in the sky turns maple leaves red

Nov 21 2016 - 12:32pm

BY AMY SAYLE

According to Greek myth, a bear with an unusually long tail lives in the sky. This happened when Zeus grabbed a bear by its stumpy tail and lassoed the bear into the sky, stretching its tail and turning the bear into the constellation Ursa Major.

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Human computer project carries forward work begun by author Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures”

Nov 11 2016 - 4:55pm

BY MOLLY MOLPUS

On Thurs., Nov. 10 Morehead presented two special events featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” She participated in a special book-club style dinner where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and express their appreciation for Shetterly’s seminal work. She then gave a sold-out public keynote talk in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, followed by a book-signing.

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August 21, 2017: A small moon covers a gigantic sun

Oct 31 2016 - 3:48pm

BY AMY SAYLE

The biggest astronomical event of the year (of the decade, really) for the United Sates happens August 21, 2017, when Earth’s Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, causing a solar eclipse. 

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5 Things to Look for in the Sky this Fall

Sep 21 2016 - 8:04am

BY AMY SAYLE

The September equinox arrives on September 22, 2016, at 10:21 a.m. Eastern time, when the Sun crosses the plane of Earth’s equator heading south. Astronomically speaking, it’s the beginning of fall for the northern hemisphere and the beginning of spring for the southern hemisphere.

5 things you might look for in the sky this season:

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Rivers Agency Hosting 'Look for the Stars' Event

Sep 14 2016 - 11:45am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rivers Agency, a full-service advertising firm, is hosting a “Look for the Stars” party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 to celebrate and build awareness of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s new enhancement project on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus.

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Author Margot Lee Shetterly to visit Morehead

Aug 29 2016 - 9:22am

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 9 a.m. for two special events at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center with the author of the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” Author Margot Lee Shetterly will participate in a special book-club style dinner and then give a keynote talk in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

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Discover Your Universe

Aug 16 2016 - 8:55am

Calling all UNC undergrads! Relax under the stars in Morehead’s historic planetarium and take a guided tour of the night sky during these free special programs. After learning to identify the planets, stars and constellations visible in the North Carolina sky, you’ll embark on a fly-through of our universe. After the show, if the skies are clear, you can observe the real night sky from Morehead’s sundial through telescopes. The planetarium show happens rain or shine; outdoor observing is weather permitting.

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Tips for viewing the Perseid meteor shower

Aug 9 2016 - 9:10am

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Perseid meteors appear to originate from the direction of the sky we call Perseus. (Credit: Stellarium)

BY AMY SAYLE

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