Mark your calendars: Feb. 17, 2016 is Homeschool Day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Homeschool students and groups are invited to participate in Morehead's Discovery Classes and other programs offered to large groups and school field trips.
BY AMY SAYLE
Those of you who come to our skywatching sessions know that although we always find interesting things to look at, the evening planet situation has been positively pathetic lately.
That’s because the planet action is currently best in the early morning sky -- you can see 5 planets at once. Read on for viewing tips:
Which 5 planets can I see?
Morehead will host a two-day exhibit of "Granular Wall," a sound installation that demonstrates fluid dynamics. "Granular Wall" features a large, flat tank filled with water and neutrally-bouyant fluorescent microspheres, which reflect the complex fluid dynamics within the tank. The installation uses motion tracking and computer synthesis to interpret the fluid dynamics as music.
You'll have more opportunities to enjoy Morehead programs during the last two weeks of December 2015:
Image: Geminid meteors appear to originate from the constellation Gemini, from a point near the bright star Castor.
BY AMY SAYLE
7 things to know about viewing the 2015 Geminids:
1. This is a strong, reliable meteor shower.
Caption: You can use the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, or Cassiopeia to help you find the North Star.
BY: AMY SAYLE
“How can you find north?” I once asked a planetarium audience. A young voice replied, “Just look for the red letter N!”
That, of course, was an excellent suggestion for inside the planetarium. There, helpful red letters on the horizon mark the cardinal directions.
But what do you do outside?
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.
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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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!
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.