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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

Moonlight Madness: A Family Halloween Event

September 27, 2019

CHAPEL HILL – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is hosting Moonlight Madness, a special Scare-olina Skies event that include planetarium shows and candy. 

Join us on Sunday, October 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for our individual shows; each show will be 30 minutes and a condensed version of our Scare-olina Skies. 


Morehead presents Docs In Dome Series: 'Farmsteaders'

August 16, 2019

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center presents the Chapel Hill premiere of Farmsteaders, a documentary film directed by former adjunct instructor in visual communication, Shaena Mallett, and produced by associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism, Chad Stevens Heartwood.

Fact Sheet


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.


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.


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


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

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.