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You're invited to the biggest Statewide Star Party in the universe

Apr 17 2018 - 11:21am


North Carolina hosts the biggest* statewide star party for the public in the entire universe—and you’re invited!

The 6th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2018. Thirty-seven hosts across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will offer skywatching events for the public on April 20 or 21. These hosts include astronomy clubs, parks, libraries, nature centers, and universities.


NEVER AGREE TO MARRY THE NORTHERN LIGHTS (and other life lessons from Valentine sky stories)

Feb 7 2018 - 5:33pm


My all-time favorite show to present is Carolina Skies: Valentine edition. In this live, storytelling-focused planetarium show for adults, you’ll discover a few of the love stories from around the world that are playing out in the sky each night.

Not only do these stories provide an excellent excuse for learning to identify stars and constellations, they offer intriguing life lessons. Bring a date or a friend or just yourself, and find out:

“Super blue blood moon?” What North Carolinians can--and can’t--expect to see from the Jan. 31, 2018 lunar eclipse

Jan 29 2018 - 3:23pm


You may have heard about a “super blue blood moon” in reference to the lunar eclipse happening this Wednesday morning (January 31, 2018).

Before we get to tips for observing the eclipse, let’s break down that sensational-sounding phrase:

The Arrival of Winter: Fly Me to the Moon

Dec 20 2017 - 12:31pm

(From left: White, McDivitt, Jenzano, Borman, and Lovell in Astronaut Training at Morehead Planetarium, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Image Collection Collection #P0004, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)

BY MICHAEL G. NEECE (www.meteormike.space)

Tips for viewing the 2017 Geminid meteor shower

Dec 12 2017 - 3:48pm


Image credit: Stellarium

This week offers you an opportunity for a sky show at a reasonable hour. One of the best meteor showers of the year – the Geminid meteor shower -- is underway and will peak Wednesday night, Dec. 13, 2017.

Can't get eclipse glasses? You can still view the eclipse!

Aug 15 2017 - 12:49pm


Can’t get eclipse glasses? Or are you worried the ones you have are counterfeit and unsafe? (If you bought them at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, they’re legitimate.)

You can still view the eclipse – using pinhole projection, where you pass the Sun’s light through a small opening and look at the image that is projected onto the ground, wall, or an index card.

10 things for North Carolinians to know about the eclipse

Aug 1 2017 - 4:16pm


1. When is the solar eclipse?

You're invited to the biggest star party in the universe

Apr 20 2017 - 10:27am


North Carolina hosts the biggest star party for the public in the universe (at least we think it’s the biggest) – and you’re invited!

When the Moon covers the Sun

Feb 24 2017 - 8:57pm


An annual solar eclipse happens February 26, 2017.

Credit: NASA JPL “What’s Up for May 2012”

Finding the winter hexagon (and maybe your birthday star)

Jan 31 2017 - 4:51pm


Winter Hexagon. (Credit: Stellarium)

Although it certainly can be chilly, winter is a great time of year to see bright stars. Many of the brightest stars in the sky happen to be concentrated in an area near the constellation Orion the Hunter as part of a large star pattern known as the Winter Hexagon.