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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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“The place where the dog ran”: Native American star stories at Morehead Planetarium, Nov. 8, 2014

Nov 6 2014 - 4:33pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Where did the Milky Way come from? According to a Cherokee legend, it all happened long ago, in a time when only a few stars shone in the night sky.

Back then, the people depended on corn to keep from starving. They would grind it into white cornmeal to store in outdoor bins.

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Biogen Idec Foundation to help NCSF reach one million North Carolinians by 2020

Nov 6 2014 - 8:00am

Foundation commits $450,000 to Festival over next three years

Winston-Salem, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF) announced today that the Biogen Idec Foundation will increase its commitment to NCSF through a new sponsorship that will help sustain the festival for the next three years. The Biogen Idec Foundation will be recognized as “Presenting Sponsor” of the North Carolina Science Festival.

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Viewing the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Oct 6 2014 - 9:23am

BY AMY SAYLE

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, the Full Moon will pass completely into Earth’s shadow. This total lunar eclipse can be seen from nearly all of the Americas.

In North Carolina, the eclipse is visible during the couple of hours before sunrise on Oct. 8th, while the Moon is setting in the west.

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Fall in love with the Moon at Jordan Lake (skywatching Sat. 9/6/14, weather permitting)

Sep 2 2014 - 12:45pm

BY AMY SAYLECome celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Jordan Lake. If the weather permits, Morehead will host a public skywatching session from 8 to 10 p.m. at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area.

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7 Tips for Viewing the 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower

Aug 14 2014 - 10:55am

BY AMY SAYLE

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12/13 (Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning). Tips for viewing the meteors:

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