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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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5-planet party in the predawn sky

Jan 26 2016 - 5:10pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Those of you who come to our skywatching sessions know that although we always find interesting things to look at, the evening planet situation has been positively pathetic lately.

That’s because the planet action is currently best in the early morning sky -- you can see 5 planets at once. Read on for viewing tips:

Which 5 planets can I see?

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"Granular Wall" exhibit, Jan. 30-31

Jan 4 2016 - 2:03pm

Morehead will host a two-day exhibit of "Granular Wall," a sound installation that demonstrates fluid dynamics. "Granular Wall" features a large, flat tank filled with water and neutrally-bouyant fluorescent microspheres, which reflect the complex fluid dynamics within the tank. The installation uses motion tracking and computer synthesis to interpret the fluid dynamics as music.

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Enjoy extended holiday hours!

Dec 18 2015 - 6:09pm

You'll have more opportunities to enjoy Morehead programs during the last two weeks of December 2015:

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Tips for viewing the 2015 Geminids

Dec 10 2015 - 4:18pm
Image: Geminid meteors appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, from a point near the bright star Castor.

BY AMY SAYLE

7 things to know about viewing the 2015 Geminids:

1. This is a strong, reliable meteor shower.

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Four Ways To Find The North Star (And One Way Not To)

Nov 30 2015 - 4:52pm
Caption: You can use the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, or Cassiopeia to help you find the North Star.

BY: AMY SAYLE

“How can you find north?” I once asked a planetarium audience. A young voice replied, “Just look for the red letter N!”

That, of course, was an excellent suggestion for inside the planetarium. There, helpful red letters on the horizon mark the cardinal directions.

But what do you do outside?

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Will and Mary Pope Osborne receive Jupiter Award

Nov 23 2015 - 4:19pm

Will and Mary Pope Osborne are the 2015 recipients of the Jupiter Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science Education, presented by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Presented annually since 2011, the Jupiter Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who support informal science education programs serving K-12 students and schools throughout North Carolina. Previous recipients include former astronaut William Thornton and science educator Betsy Bennett.

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Discover Your Universe

Nov 4 2015 - 12:40pm

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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Special "Magic Tree House" Event

Nov 2 2015 - 3:10pm

- THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT -

On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, Will and Mary Pope Osborne will be joining us for a special ticketed event for children and adults. Mary is author of the popular Magic Tree House℗ book series, and Will created the script for Morehead's own Magic Tree House® Space Mission planetarium show. Here's a chance for your family to meet Mary and Will in person!

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