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

Oct 31 2016 - 3:48pm

BY AMY SAYLE

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

BY AMY SAYLE

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)

BY AMY SAYLE

Mars and "Not Mars"

Jul 28 2016 - 3:06pm

BY AMY SAYLE

(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

BY AMY SAYLE

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

BY AMY SAYLE

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

BY AMY SAYLE​

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.

7 things to find in the evening sky this March

Mar 23 2016 - 1:16pm
BY AMY SAYLE

Image: ​​If the Moon is up, it’ll be the easiest thing to spot in the sky. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Here are 7 celestial wonders to try finding in the current evening sky (late March 2016):

Six onion-eating wives: a love story in the sky

Feb 10 2016 - 1:25pm

BY AMY SAYLE

In time for Valentine’s Day, a poignant Monache love story can be witnessed high in the early evening sky. The main characters are represented by the Hyades and Pleiades, two star clusters in the constellation Taurus.

In the story, six young women (the Pleiades) were married to six young men (the Hyades). Every day, the men would hunt mountain lions, and the women would gather plants. One day, the women discovered a new plant: wild onions.

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