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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.

4 FAQs about the 2016 Geminids meteor shower

Dec 13 2016 - 4:06pm


Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

1. Why isn’t Morehead holding a skywatching session for the Geminid meteor shower this year?

Blame the moon.

In 2016, the peak night of the Geminids (the night of Dec. 13-14) coincides with the full moon. That means bright moonlight will obscure most of those beautiful streaks of light that you would otherwise see.

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.