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A Plethora of Planets

Jun 4 2014 - 7:58pm


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


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:

Be Part of NC's Statewide Star Party: April 4 and 5, 2014

Mar 27 2014 - 12:12pm


On April 4 and 5, 2014, forty sites from the mountains to the coast will host skywatching sessions for the public, as part of North Carolina’s second annual Statewide Star Party. Hosts include astronomy clubs, parks, nature centers, planetariums, observatories, museums, and universities.

What might you do at a star party event?

NC Science Festival 2014 Gets Out of The Box

Mar 26 2014 - 8:32am


A few months ago, I challenged our North Carolina Science Festival event partners to get weird. They listened. This year's line-up features some of the most fun and funky science events we've ever had. Here are a few (in no particular order) to whet your appetite for the 17-day science madness that starts THIS FRIDAY.

10. Cemetery Sleuths: People Are Dying To Try It!

Is There Room for STEAM in the STEM World?

Mar 9 2014 - 1:42pm


TL;DR version: Yes.

Slightly longer version:

There's a debate raging behind the scenes in the science education world. Should STEM -- traditionally defined as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- be expanded to include the Arts (STEAM), or Religion (STREAM), or Health (uhhh...SHTEM)? The question has been met with eye rolls and sighs; meetings filled with derisive laughter, lots of shouting and lukewarm coffee being thrown in people's faces.

The Festival Is Coming To Towns

Mar 3 2014 - 1:03am


That's right: towns. Which is probably the hardest thing to wrap your head around when conceptualizing our statewide science festival. Allow me to explain:

The fourth annual North Carolina Science Festival kicks off on Friday, March 28. For 17 straight days there are hundreds of science events happening all over the state. We're basically putting a big circus tent on top of NC and throwing a big science party.

How an unreliable fiancé caused the Milky Way to be (an astronomical Valentine’s story)

Feb 13 2014 - 1:07am


Evidently, being scheduled to present Valentine’s planetarium shows does not qualify one as “emergency personnel” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Were the University not closed (on February 14, 2014) because of the weather, one legend of love you could have heard at Morehead Planetarium’s now-canceled “Carolina Skies: Valentine edition” is the Estonian folktale of Lindu’s wedding veil.

Join us for skywatching this Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) – weather permitting

Jan 29 2014 - 8:17am


If the weather permits, please join us this Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) for our next skywatching session at Jordan Lake. We plan to be at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Telescopes provided!

We’ll look at the waxing crescent Moon, the planet Jupiter, and other celestial wonders. Also planned are constellation tours and star storytelling. Come near the beginning of the session if you’d like to catch Mercury before it sets.

Good and not-so-good news about the 2013 Geminid meteor shower

Dec 12 2013 - 9:24am


First, the good news about the 2013 Geminid meteor shower:

How many planetarium workers does it take to change a light bulb?

Nov 26 2013 - 9:33am


How many planetarium people does it take to change a light bulb? If we’re talking about the bulbs in the projectors that run Morehead’s planetarium shows, the answer is 3: