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There are a lot of great stories at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center just waiting to be told. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center always welcomes inquiries and will do everything possible to assist media representatives.

 

Current News Releases

Morehead will bring Astronauts Charlie Duke and Mae Jemison in 2019

December 18, 2018

Morehead will bring Astronauts Charlie Duke and Mae Jemison in 2019

CHAPEL HILL, NC – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing, UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is welcoming Astronaut Charlie Duke, the 10th person to walk on the Moon, and Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space. These two live events will be part of Lift Off NC: Apollo + Beyond, a series of celebrations themed around the Apollo missions and space flight.

Night Lights: A Family New Year's Eve

November 18, 2018

CHAPEL HILL – Partnering with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is hosting Night Lights, a day of New Year’s Eve activities for kids of all ages on Monday, December 31st from 2-6 p.m. There will be science activities, planetarium shows with Studio A DanceArts, Science LIVE! performances, and photo booth fun. There will also be a special New Year's Eve countdown. Tickets are for our individual shows, but all other activities are free and open to the public! Feel free to stop by for the games, Science LIVE!

Fact Sheet

Location

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center was the first planetarium to be built on a college campus in the United States and is located in downtown Chapel Hill on scenic Franklin Street. The building is on the north end of the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Facility

Morehead features a 68-foot planetarium dome with a Definiti fulldome digital video projection system including surround sound. The facility also features the Science Stage, exhibits, the UNC Visitor's Center, a portrait gallery, a rose garden and a massive sundial. UNC's department of physics and astronomy operates the Morehead Observatory at the east end of the building.

Visitors

Nearly 160,000 people visit the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center annually, including 85,000 schoolchildren.

Shows

Planetarium schedules at Morehead feature multimedia shows and live star shows narrated by planetarium staff members. The Science Stage offers Science LIVE! demonstration shows as well as Science 360 presentations.

Community Programs

Non-credit classes for adults and children, special courses for teachers, summer camps for children, monthly skywatching sessions and other programs for all ages keep the community involved in science. Morehead also offers extensive outreach programs statewide and organizes the North Carolina Science Festival.