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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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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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