Although it's only been a few years since Morehead began doing fulldome planetarium show production, our production team has already developed a worldwide reputation for quality. Our shows have been invited to screen at festivals in eight countries, and we've won all kinds of awards! We thought you might like to see a list (as of May 2016) of the honors and recognition Morehead fulldome planetarium shows have received. These are listed by SHOW TITLE. The location of each festival is listed on first mention only.
NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in support of the North Carolina Science Festival expansion across the state.
Morehead will use the four-year grant to build a statewide network of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who will serve as Science Festival Ambassadors. The network will reflect and serve populations that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM, according to Morehead’s director, Todd Boyette.
BY AMY SAYLE
UPDATE: On October 26 at 6:00 p.m. NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Jeff Qualls will be on site to bring us new high-resolution photos of Jupiter and discuss the early results of the Juno Mission. Don't miss this event on Wednesday Oct. 26 6:00 p.m. at the GSK Fulldome Theater.
Jupiter is about to receive a visitor. After a five-year and 400-million-mile journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach the planet on July 4, 2016.
BY AMY SAYLE
Join us at the Morehead Sundial on Monday, May 9, 2016 to see something no one has seen in nearly a decade: a transit of Mercury.
On May 9, Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun and will look like a tiny dark spot crossing the Sun from 7:12 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. Eastern time.
Curious about life aboard the International Space Station? Come visit NASA's Destination Station, making its first North Carolina stop at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Tuesday, May 3 (1-6 p.m.). Morehead is on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The STEMville Science Symposium will be hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All exhibits will be closed during the symposium, but will reopen at 1 p.m. Planetarium shows will follow their normal schedule and Science Stage shows will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Children and adults can tour research labs, experiment with hands-on activities, watch live science demonstrations and meet scientists at UNC Science Expo on April 9, 2016 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The expo is free and is a signature event of North Carolina Science Festival.
BY AMY SAYLE
North Carolina hosts the biggest star party in the universe (at least we think it’s the biggest) – and you’re invited!
The 4th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens April 8 and 9, 2016, as a kickoff to the two-week-long NC Science Festival. More than 50 sites across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will offer skywatching events for the public on April 8 or 9.
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):
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.