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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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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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