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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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To Do: See Saturn Through A Telescope

Aug 1 2014 - 1:37pm

BY AMY SAYLE

If it's visible in the night sky, the object that generates the most gasps and exclamations of "wow!" from telescope viewers at our skywatching sessions is Saturn.

Saturn is the showpiece of the night sky. If you have never seen this planet through a telescope, you owe it to yourself to put it on your life's to-do list.

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The "Climate Leap" Collaboration

Jul 31 2014 - 10:13am

Chapelboro.com has written about a partnership beween Morehead, the UNC Institute for the Environment and UNC researchers. The partnership brings 28 high school students to the UNC campus for the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP). Here's the story Chapelboro published July 28, 2014. You can also read the story on the Chapelboro website.

UNC Program Promotes Energy Awareness Among Local HS Students

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Morehead, Google team up with Caldwell Co. Schools

Jul 25 2014 - 12:09pm

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and Caldwell County Schools are teaming up to make science more accessible by increasing science offerings for Caldwell County schoolchildren. This collaboration will give Caldwell students access to high-quality science programming at no extra cost to the students, the families or the school system.

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7 Bits of Trivia About The Summer Solstice

Jun 19 2014 - 1:07pm

BY AMY SAYLE

The temperature in Chapel Hill is 96-but-feels-like-100 as I write this. Astronomically speaking, though, it’s still spring here. Summer arrives to the northern hemisphere at 6:51 a.m. EDT this Saturday.

On that date, June 21, 2014...

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A Plethora of Planets

Jun 4 2014 - 7:58pm

BY AMY SAYLE

A plethora of planets awaits you at Morehead’s next skywatching session at Jordan Lake this Saturday, May 31, 2014. We’ll be at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, 9-11 p.m. (weather permitting).

Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn all currently decorate the evening sky. To catch Mercury, come near the beginning of the session, since it’ll set over the lake around 10 p.m.

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