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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Announces $5.2 Million Renovation to “#TakeUpSpace”

Apr 3 2017 - 12:05pm

CHAPEL HILL, April, 3, 2017 – “#TakeUpSpace” is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s $5.2 million building project to reimagine the North Carolina icon as a modern-day, technology-advanced science hub, to be unveiled at a launch party Thursday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC. More than 200 invited community stakeholders are expected to attend.

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When the Moon covers the Sun

Feb 24 2017 - 8:57pm


An annual solar eclipse happens February 26, 2017.

Credit: NASA JPL “What’s Up for May 2012”

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An evening with Astronaut James Lovell, Apollo 13 commander

Jan 31 2017 - 6:07pm

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT. 

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is proud to present an evening with American Hero and Astronaut James Lovell as part of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival.

Thursday, April 6

7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 6, 10 a.m.

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Finding the winter hexagon (and maybe your birthday star)

Jan 31 2017 - 4:51pm


Winter Hexagon. (Credit: Stellarium)

Although it certainly can be chilly, winter is a great time of year to see bright stars. Many of the brightest stars in the sky happen to be concentrated in an area near the constellation Orion the Hunter as part of a large star pattern known as the Winter Hexagon.

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Special Valentine's edition of Carolina Skies

Jan 23 2017 - 4:15pm

Friday, Feb. 10 8 p.m.SOLD OUT Saturday, Feb. 11 8 p.mSOLD OUT Tuesday, Feb. 14 7 p.m.- Online ticket sales are closed. A small amount of tickets for the 7 p.m. show will be available for purchase at the door. 

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Dec 22 2016 - 12:46pm

UPDATE: Rescheduled.

Saturday, April 29

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 30

1 – 4 p.m.


Winter in Chapel Hill just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to LEGO-palooza at Morehead. For 14 years now, members of the North Carolina LEGO Users Group have created awe-inspiring, never-before-seen displays using the ubiquitous Lego.  Bring your family and friends to Morehead on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, 1-4 p.m.. LEGO-Palooza is recommended for ages six and older.

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4 FAQs about the 2016 Geminids meteor shower

Dec 13 2016 - 4:06pm


Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

1. Why isn’t Morehead holding a skywatching session for the Geminid meteor shower this year?

Blame the moon.

In 2016, the peak night of the Geminids (the night of Dec. 13-14) coincides with the full moon. That means bright moonlight will obscure most of those beautiful streaks of light that you would otherwise see.

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Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve

Dec 1 2016 - 9:30am

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT.


Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 

2-6 p.m.

Families can get a jump on 2017 at Morehead’s annual Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. for a family-fun day of engaging science activities. Attractions include special planetarium shows, dance performances by Studio A, crafts and games with Kidzu Kid’s Museum, a photo booth and food trucks. And, there will be a star-studded kids countdown in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome to usher in the new year.

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How a bear in the sky turns maple leaves red

Nov 21 2016 - 12:32pm


According to Greek myth, a bear with an unusually long tail lives in the sky. This happened when Zeus grabbed a bear by its stumpy tail and lassoed the bear into the sky, stretching its tail and turning the bear into the constellation Ursa Major.

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Human computer project carries forward work begun by author Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures”

Nov 11 2016 - 4:55pm


On Thurs., Nov. 10 Morehead presented two special events featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” She participated in a special book-club style dinner where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and express their appreciation for Shetterly’s seminal work. She then gave a sold-out public keynote talk in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, followed by a book-signing.