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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.

Viewing the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Oct 6 2014 - 9:23am

BY AMY SAYLE

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, the Full Moon will pass completely into Earth’s shadow. This total lunar eclipse can be seen from nearly all of the Americas.

In North Carolina, the eclipse is visible during the couple of hours before sunrise on Oct. 8th, while the Moon is setting in the west.

Fall in love with the Moon at Jordan Lake (skywatching Sat. 9/6/14, weather permitting)

Sep 2 2014 - 12:45pm

BY AMY SAYLECome celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Jordan Lake. If the weather permits, Morehead will host a public skywatching session from 8 to 10 p.m. at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area.

7 Tips for Viewing the 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower

Aug 14 2014 - 10:55am

BY AMY SAYLE

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12/13 (Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning). Tips for viewing the meteors:

To Do: See Saturn Through A Telescope

Aug 1 2014 - 1:37pm

BY AMY SAYLE

If it's visible in the night sky, the object that generates the most gasps and exclamations of "wow!" from telescope viewers at our skywatching sessions is Saturn.

Saturn is the showpiece of the night sky. If you have never seen this planet through a telescope, you owe it to yourself to put it on your life's to-do list.

7 Bits of Trivia About The Summer Solstice

Jun 19 2014 - 1:07pm

BY AMY SAYLE

The temperature in Chapel Hill is 96-but-feels-like-100 as I write this. Astronomically speaking, though, it’s still spring here. Summer arrives to the northern hemisphere at 6:51 a.m. EDT this Saturday.

On that date, June 21, 2014...

A Plethora of Planets

Jun 4 2014 - 7:58pm

BY AMY SAYLE

A plethora of planets awaits you at Morehead’s next skywatching session at Jordan Lake this Saturday, May 31, 2014. We’ll be at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, 9-11 p.m. (weather permitting).

Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn all currently decorate the evening sky. To catch Mercury, come near the beginning of the session, since it’ll set over the lake around 10 p.m.

Total Lunar Eclipse on The Night of April 14-15, 2014

Apr 14 2014 - 3:56pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Willing to lose a little sleep the night of April 14-15, 2014? You could gain a big view.

That night, the full moon passes deeply into Earth’s shadow, resulting in the first total lunar eclipse since 2011.

What you’ll need to view this lunar eclipse:

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