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See four evening planets: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn

May 11 2015 - 11:43am

BY AMY SAYLE

Have you seen the four planets that currently decorate the evening sky? From west to east, they are Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.*

The easiest of the four to spot is Venus – because it is so, so bright. Look in the western sky soon after sunset. You can easily pick it out in the twilight, before you notice stars becoming visible and well before the sky becomes completely dark.

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Carolina Biological and The North Carolina Science Festival support the 3rd annual Carolina STEM Challenge Competition

Apr 30 2015 - 3:51pm
Carolina Biological Supply Company, in partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival, is pleased to announce the results of the 3rd annual Carolina STEM Challenge Competition. The winners of the 2015 competition were selected from more than 100 classrooms in 86 cities across North Carolina. “Since the start of the competition in 2012, we have continued to be amazed by the dedication, hard-work, and ingenuity of North Carolina teachers and students.
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Welcome, Tar Heel 10 Miler Runners

Apr 20 2015 - 2:02pm

More than 6,000 runners are registered for the Tar Heel 10 Miler and 4 Mile Run in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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Has it been five years already?

Apr 10 2015 - 8:40am

Today (April 10, 2015) marks the first day of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival ... and it's amazing to think that five years have passed since Morehead created this incredible celebration of science waaaaaaaay back in 2010.

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The early bird gets the lunar eclipse-maybe

Mar 31 2015 - 11:31am
Images of the partial phase of the October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse, taken at 2.5-minute intervals. Credit: Joe Pedit.

BY AMY SAYLE

On the morning of April 4, 2015, the full moon will pass into Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse

For those of us in the eastern United States who’d like to view this eclipse, there’s good news and bad news.

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Venus and Mars pair up...sort of (Feb. 20-21, 2015)

Feb 19 2015 - 10:26am

BY AMY SAYLE

If your skies are clear this Friday and Saturday evening (Feb. 20 and 21, 2015), bundle up and head outside for a striking sight: Venus and Mars will appear as a very close pair in the western early evening sky—so close together that you can stretch your arm out and cover both planets with just the tip of your little finger.

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With support from a private company, Franklin County students get STEM lessons

Feb 10 2015 - 4:48pm

This article was originally printed in the North Raleigh News February 6, 2015.

BY MECHELLE HANKERSON 

LOUISBURG — In one corner of the gym at Edward Best Elementary School, students pretended they were birds, picking seeds out of a bowl with a pair of plastic tweezers shaped like a beak.

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Stories of star-crossed lovers at “Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition”

Feb 10 2015 - 12:56pm
Spoiler alert: The six onion-eating wives deserted their husbands and became the Pleiades. (Credit: NASA, ESA and AURA/Caltech)

BY AMY SAYLE

Every night, playing out in the stars above us are stories of love. Not many of them are mushy, happily-ever-after stories, though. At this year’s Valentine edition of our live Carolina Skies show, we’ll find out what happens to: 

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Morehead takes national leadership role in EvalFest

Feb 4 2015 - 12:29pm

Leaders from 24 science festivals in 21 states will meet this week in Chapel Hill, N.C., in a first-of-its-kind effort to assess the rapidly-growing science festival movement in the United States.

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Five must-read tips for summer camp parents

Feb 3 2015 - 12:16pm

For most people, the time frame between taking down Christmas decorations and the first buds of spring is pretty uneventful. But parents of elementary school-aged children know better. It’s summer camp registration season.

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