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See four evening planets: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn

May 11 2015 - 11:43am

BY AMY SAYLE

Have you seen the four planets that currently decorate the evening sky? From west to east, they are Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.*

The easiest of the four to spot is Venus – because it is so, so bright. Look in the western sky soon after sunset. You can easily pick it out in the twilight, before you notice stars becoming visible and well before the sky becomes completely dark.

Has it been five years already?

Apr 10 2015 - 8:40am

Today (April 10, 2015) marks the first day of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival ... and it's amazing to think that five years have passed since Morehead created this incredible celebration of science waaaaaaaay back in 2010.

The early bird gets the lunar eclipse-maybe

Mar 31 2015 - 11:31am
Images of the partial phase of the October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse, taken at 2.5-minute intervals. Credit: Joe Pedit.

BY AMY SAYLE

On the morning of April 4, 2015, the full moon will pass into Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse

For those of us in the eastern United States who’d like to view this eclipse, there’s good news and bad news.

Venus and Mars pair up...sort of (Feb. 20-21, 2015)

Feb 19 2015 - 10:26am

BY AMY SAYLE

If your skies are clear this Friday and Saturday evening (Feb. 20 and 21, 2015), bundle up and head outside for a striking sight: Venus and Mars will appear as a very close pair in the western early evening sky—so close together that you can stretch your arm out and cover both planets with just the tip of your little finger.

Stories of star-crossed lovers at “Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition”

Feb 10 2015 - 12:56pm
Spoiler alert: The six onion-eating wives deserted their husbands and became the Pleiades. (Credit: NASA, ESA and AURA/Caltech)

BY AMY SAYLE

Every night, playing out in the stars above us are stories of love. Not many of them are mushy, happily-ever-after stories, though. At this year’s Valentine edition of our live Carolina Skies show, we’ll find out what happens to: 

Five must-read tips for summer camp parents

Feb 3 2015 - 12:16pm

For most people, the time frame between taking down Christmas decorations and the first buds of spring is pretty uneventful. But parents of elementary school-aged children know better. It’s summer camp registration season.

Venus, the “orphan boy,” returns to the evening sky

Jan 30 2015 - 2:30pm

BY AMY SAYLE

In the last few weeks, Venus has returned to our western early evening sky. Look toward the same direction that the Sun set to see Venus shining very brightly as an “evening star.”

Although Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, not everyone has thought of this planet as female. 

Viewing the 2014 Geminid meteor shower: Join us Saturday, Dec. 13

Dec 10 2014 - 2:02pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Yes, it will be cold. So why should you go out to view the 2014 Geminid meteor shower?

1) It’s one of the best meteor showers of the year. Expect to see an average of a meteor per minute in a clear dark sky.

How to Chase a Comet -- ESA's Rosetta Triumph

Nov 18 2014 - 4:49pm

BY NICK EAKES

For the first time ever, the human race has landed a probe on the surface of a comet. These “dirty snowballs,” made of mostly ice and rock, could hold the key details about how our Solar System, and even life on Earth originated. This is big news.

“The place where the dog ran”: Native American star stories at Morehead Planetarium, Nov. 8, 2014

Nov 6 2014 - 4:33pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Where did the Milky Way come from? According to a Cherokee legend, it all happened long ago, in a time when only a few stars shone in the night sky.

Back then, the people depended on corn to keep from starving. They would grind it into white cornmeal to store in outdoor bins.

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