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Mercury's time in the Sun: Transit of Mercury, May 9, 2016

May 5 2016 - 3:27pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Join us at the Morehead Sundial on Monday, May 9, 2016 to see something no one has seen in nearly a decade: a transit of Mercury.

On May 9, Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun and will look like a tiny dark spot crossing the Sun from 7:12 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. Eastern time.

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See a Moon rock! Meet an astronaut!

Apr 29 2016 - 4:16pm

Curious about life aboard the International Space Station? Come visit NASA's Destination Station, making its first North Carolina stop at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Tuesday, May 3 (1-6 p.m.). Morehead is on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Exhibits closed Saturday, April 16 until 1 p.m.

Apr 14 2016 - 4:55pm

The STEMville Science Symposium will be hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All exhibits will be closed during the symposium, but will reopen at 1 p.m. Planetarium shows will follow their normal schedule and Science Stage shows will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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UNC Science Expo offers something for everyone

Apr 8 2016 - 8:00pm

Children and adults can tour research labs, experiment with hands-on activities, watch live science demonstrations and meet scientists at UNC Science Expo on April 9, 2016 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The expo is free and is a signature event of North Carolina Science Festival.

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We’re throwing the biggest star party in the universe, and you’re invited

Apr 6 2016 - 9:33am

BY AMY SAYLE​

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

The 4th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens April 8 and 9, 2016, as a kickoff to the two-week-long NC Science Festival. More than 50 sites across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will offer skywatching events for the public on April 8 or 9.

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7 things to find in the evening sky this March

Mar 23 2016 - 1:16pm
BY AMY SAYLE

Image: ​​If the Moon is up, it’ll be the easiest thing to spot in the sky. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Here are 7 celestial wonders to try finding in the current evening sky (late March 2016):

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Family Science Day celebrates "Take Flight"

Mar 2 2016 - 8:42am

Build your own flying machine, study a hawk moth, learn about gliding lizards -- it's all part of the fun at Family Science Day: Take Flight on Sunday, March 6 (1-4 p.m.) at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

The free event celebrates "Take Flight," Morehead's newest planetarium show, with hands-on activities and special presentations, designed to help children and parents/caregivers explore aeronautics and related science topics.

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Learning about the Zika virus

Feb 11 2016 - 4:10pm

Helen Lazear, Ph.D., a virologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss the Zika virus at a special Carolina Science Cafe on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at Back Bar (behind Top of the Hill restaurant) in Chapel Hill.

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Six onion-eating wives: a love story in the sky

Feb 10 2016 - 1:25pm

BY AMY SAYLE

In time for Valentine’s Day, a poignant Monache love story can be witnessed high in the early evening sky. The main characters are represented by the Hyades and Pleiades, two star clusters in the constellation Taurus.

In the story, six young women (the Pleiades) were married to six young men (the Hyades). Every day, the men would hunt mountain lions, and the women would gather plants. One day, the women discovered a new plant: wild onions.

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Calling all homeschoolers ...

Jan 29 2016 - 8:27pm

Mark your calendars: Feb. 17, 2016 is Homeschool Day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Homeschool students and groups are invited to participate in Morehead's Discovery Classes and other programs offered to large groups and school field trips. 

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