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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 hosts Star-Studded Jupiter Ball

November 06, 2017

 

CHAPEL HILL – On Friday, November 17 from 7PM-midnight, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host our annual philanthropic black-tie event, the Jupiter Ball. Join us for an evening of fine food, stargazing, dancing, and honored guests for a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Jupiter Ball Fund, which grants scholarships to eligible schools around North Carolina to visit Morehead.  

Morehead opens to the public for International Science Museum Day

October 16, 2017

CHAPEL HILL— To celebrate International Science Center & Science Museum Day, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will open its doors to the public on November 10th for a special Friday from 10AM-3:30PM. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy celestial programming in the planetarium, live science demonstrations, and the current exhibit “Firsts in Flight,” celebrating historic African-American contributions to aviation and spaceflight.

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.