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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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Mars and "Not Mars"

Jul 28 2016 - 3:06pm

BY AMY SAYLE

(Credit: Stellarium)

Looking for Mars in the sky? Don’t mistake it for its rival.

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Morehead's Denise Young to lead Bell Museum

Jul 20 2016 - 4:11pm

Denise Young has been selected to serve as executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota. She will begin her duties in September 2016.

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We've got winners!

Jul 12 2016 - 1:17pm

Although it's only been a few years since Morehead began doing fulldome planetarium show production, our production team has already developed a worldwide reputation for quality. Our shows have been invited to screen at festivals in eight countries, and we've won all kinds of awards! We thought you might like to see a list (as of May 2016) of the honors and recognition Morehead fulldome planetarium shows have received. These are listed by SHOW TITLE. The location of each festival is listed on first mention only.

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NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation awards $750,000 grant to Morehead

Jul 8 2016 - 4:55pm

NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in support of the North Carolina Science Festival expansion across the state.

Morehead will use the four-year grant to build a statewide network of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who will serve as Science Festival Ambassadors. The network will reflect and serve populations that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM, according to Morehead’s director, Todd Boyette.

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LEGOs headed to Jupiter

Jun 22 2016 - 10:47am

BY AMY SAYLE

UPDATE: On October 26 at 6:00 p.m. NASA JPL Solar System  Ambassador Jeff Qualls will be on site to bring us new high-resolution photos of Jupiter  and discuss the early results of the Juno Mission.  Don't miss this event on Wednesday Oct. 26 6:00 p.m. at the GSK Fulldome Theater.

 

Jupiter is about to receive a visitor. After a five-year and 400-million-mile journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach the planet on July 4, 2016.

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