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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

GSK sponsors GSK Science in the Summer™ with Morehead Planetarium

March 06, 2018

NORTH CAROLINA —Morehead Planetarium & Science Center is once again partnering with GSK to present GSK Science in the Summer™, a free program aimed at providing high-quality science education to underrepresented and underserved populations during the summer. Science in the Summer works to prevent what is known as the ‘summer slide,’ when students forget what they learned from the school year in the summer.

Astronauts on the Front Porch: Tales of Astronaut Training at Morehead

February 12, 2018

CHAPEL HILL – On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7 PM, Michael G. Neece will provide insider knowledge about NASA astronauts training at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center during the 1960s and 70s. Neece will share some of his research from his upcoming books and documentary film about Morehead, focusing on the director of the planetarium at that time, Tony Jenzano. This event is hosted by the Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society (CHAOS) at Morehead’s Science Stage.

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.