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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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The early bird gets the planets this fall

Oct 28 2015 - 7:56am

By Amy Sayle

For you early birds, the current planet viewing situation is fabulous. Step out on the next clear morning before sunrise (you’re already up anyway, right?) to see Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.

Image: Venus and Mars appear close together in the pre-dawn eastern sky on November 3, 2015 (Credit: Stellarium).

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Morehead Presents Special Halloween-Themed Planetarium Show

Oct 26 2015 - 3:14pm

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is celebrating the Halloween season with a special edition of the Carolina Skies planetarium program. Scare-olina Skies is a special storytelling event in the GSK Fulldome Theater featuring stars, constellations and celestial events told through ancient legends of monsters, mayhem and madness.

On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, Morehead will present Scare-olina Skies at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These programs are designed for adult and teen audiences.

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