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How a bear in the sky turns maple leaves red

Nov 21 2016 - 12:32pm


According to Greek myth, a bear with an unusually long tail lives in the sky. This happened when Zeus grabbed a bear by its stumpy tail and lassoed the bear into the sky, stretching its tail and turning the bear into the constellation Ursa Major.

Human computer project carries forward work begun by author Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures”

Nov 11 2016 - 4:55pm


On Thurs., Nov. 10 Morehead presented two special events featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” She participated in a special book-club style dinner where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and express their appreciation for Shetterly’s seminal work. She then gave a sold-out public keynote talk in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, followed by a book-signing.

August 21, 2017: A small moon covers a gigantic sun

Oct 31 2016 - 3:48pm


The biggest astronomical event of the year (of the decade, really) for the United Sates happens August 21, 2017, when Earth’s Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, causing a solar eclipse. 

5 Things to Look for in the Sky this Fall

Sep 21 2016 - 8:04am


The September equinox arrives on September 22, 2016, at 10:21 a.m. Eastern time, when the Sun crosses the plane of Earth’s equator heading south. Astronomically speaking, it’s the beginning of fall for the northern hemisphere and the beginning of spring for the southern hemisphere.

5 things you might look for in the sky this season:

Tips for viewing the Perseid meteor shower

Aug 9 2016 - 9:10am






CAPTION: Perseid meteors appear to originate from the direction of the sky we call Perseus. (Credit: Stellarium)


Mars and "Not Mars"

Jul 28 2016 - 3:06pm


(Credit: Stellarium)

Looking for Mars in the sky? Don’t mistake it for its rival.

We've got winners!

Jul 12 2016 - 1:17pm

Although it's only been a few years since Morehead began doing fulldome planetarium show production, our production team has already developed a worldwide reputation for quality. Our shows have been invited to screen at festivals in eight countries, and we've won all kinds of awards! We thought you might like to see a list (as of May 2016) of the honors and recognition Morehead fulldome planetarium shows have received. These are listed by SHOW TITLE. The location of each festival is listed on first mention only.

LEGOs headed to Jupiter

Jun 22 2016 - 10:47am


UPDATE: On October 26 at 6:00 p.m. NASA JPL Solar System  Ambassador Jeff Qualls will be on site to bring us new high-resolution photos of Jupiter  and discuss the early results of the Juno Mission.  Don't miss this event on Wednesday Oct. 26 6:00 p.m. at the GSK Fulldome Theater.


Jupiter is about to receive a visitor. After a five-year and 400-million-mile journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach the planet on July 4, 2016.

Mercury's time in the Sun: Transit of Mercury, May 9, 2016

May 5 2016 - 3:27pm


Join us at the Morehead Sundial on Monday, May 9, 2016 to see something no one has seen in nearly a decade: a transit of Mercury.

On May 9, Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun and will look like a tiny dark spot crossing the Sun from 7:12 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. Eastern time.

We’re throwing the biggest star party in the universe, and you’re invited

Apr 6 2016 - 9:33am


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

The 4th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens April 8 and 9, 2016, as a kickoff to the two-week-long NC Science Festival. More than 50 sites across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will offer skywatching events for the public on April 8 or 9.