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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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Venus, the “orphan boy,” returns to the evening sky

Jan 30 2015 - 2:30pm

BY AMY SAYLE

In the last few weeks, Venus has returned to our western early evening sky. Look toward the same direction that the Sun set to see Venus shining very brightly as an “evening star.”

Although Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, not everyone has thought of this planet as female. 

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"Meet A Scientist" on Saturday at Morehead!

Jan 23 2015 - 5:09pm

On Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, Morehead offers its visitors an opportunity to "Meet A Scientist" -- Kate Pitman of UNC, who conducts research into photochemistry.

"I study how we can use sunlight to make fuel," she explains. Pitman will talk about her research and answer questions.

Look for the free "Meet A Scientist" program in Morehead's new Gross Labs exhibit area, adjacent to the Rotunda. There will be 20-minute presentations at 12:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m.

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Viewing the 2014 Geminid meteor shower: Join us Saturday, Dec. 13

Dec 10 2014 - 2:02pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Yes, it will be cold. So why should you go out to view the 2014 Geminid meteor shower?

1) It’s one of the best meteor showers of the year. Expect to see an average of a meteor per minute in a clear dark sky.

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How to Chase a Comet -- ESA's Rosetta Triumph

Nov 18 2014 - 4:49pm

BY NICK EAKES

For the first time ever, the human race has landed a probe on the surface of a comet. These “dirty snowballs,” made of mostly ice and rock, could hold the key details about how our Solar System, and even life on Earth originated. This is big news.

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Bring your family to the "Grossology and You" grand opening!

Nov 17 2014 - 10:27am

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is launching its newest original fulldome planetarium show, "Grossology and You," Nov. 22-23, 2014, with a weekend full of gross-themed fun.

The public can see "Grossology and You" for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 22 (show times at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and on Sunday, Nov. 23 (show times at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).

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