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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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Q&A about viewing the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Sep 23 2015 - 10:20am

BY AMY SAYLE

This coming Sunday, September 27, 2015, the full moon will move into Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse. The eclipsed Moon should be a beautiful shade of deep red or orange.

As long as the weather cooperates, this is an especially nice eclipse for those of us in the eastern United States. We get to see every stage of the eclipse, the Moon will be well positioned fairly high in the sky, and most of the action happens before midnight.

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Morehead celebrates record-setting fundraising year

Aug 20 2015 - 4:10pm

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is one of five University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill units recognized for outstanding fundraising success in fiscal year 2015.

Morehead joins the University's Eshelman School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, N.C. Botanical Garden and School of Government in this recognition. These and other University units contributed to the largest fundraising year in the history of UNC-Chapel Hill, which received nearly $447 million in donor commitments in FY 2015.

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Mark your calendar for August 21, 2017, for ‘the most exciting thing people can see’

Aug 20 2015 - 9:15am

In 2017, the continental United States will get its first total solar eclipse in 38 years

BY AMY SAYLE

Image on right: Total solar eclipse in 2010, Easter Island. (Credit: Jay Pasachoff, Muzhou Lu, Craig Malamut, Hana Druckmüllerová)

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Tips for viewing the 2015 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 7 2015 - 5:17pm

BY AMY SAYLE

As long as the weather cooperates, this is a particularly good year for the Perseid meteors. This annual meteor shower is already happening and is predicted to peak the night of August 12-13, 2015 (Wednesday evening into Thursday pre-dawn).

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How to Treat Post-Pluto Depression

Jul 22 2015 - 12:53pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Nothing existed for me last week except Pluto.

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Pluto & New Horizons: A Special Presentation

Jul 7 2015 - 9:09am

Morehead welcomes Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador, on Friday, July 17, for a free presentation about NASA's New Horizons mission and the data it is collecting about dwarf planet Pluto. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the GSK Fulldome Theater. Come learn about New Horizons and its technology!

Read Tony Rice's blog post, After 9 years, New Horizons reaches Pluto’s doorstep, on Morehead's blog.

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After 9 years, New Horizons reaches Pluto’s doorstep

Jul 6 2015 - 9:26am
Image: New Horizons mission design - Yanping Guo, Robert W. Farquhar

BY TONY RICE

After 9 years in flight the New Horizons mission is on Pluto’s doorstep. That journey was made possible in part by a gravity assist from massive Jupiter in 2007 which accelerated the baby-grand-piano-sized spacecraft to a speed of over 83,600 km/h (52,000 mph) away from the Sun, New Horizons will fly by Pluto and its system of five known moons on July 14, 2015, returning science to help unlock the secrets of the outer solar system.

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Cover Venus and Jupiter with your pinky on June 30, 2015

Jun 26 2015 - 3:22pm

BY AMY SAYLE

If you've paid attention to the evening sky recently, you know that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, appear to be pulling closer together each night.

Venus is that object shining very, very brightly in the west soon after sunset. Jupiter is the less bright (but still bright) object currently positioned just to the upper left of Venus.

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