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It's the end of the world (or not!).

Nov 14 2012 - 7:00pm

You've heard the stories: An ancient Maya calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, so that means the world is ending, right? Wrong?

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center presents a special "Carolina Skies: End of the World Edition" on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, beginning at 8 p.m.

Introducing "The Longest Night"

Nov 5 2012 - 7:00pm

This may be the first collaboration of its type, anywhere in the world -- the renowned puppetry of Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the award-winning fulldome production of Morehead, together in a new planetarium show.

"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is a classic fable, set in a snowy village. A young girl from the village leaves on a simple quest that tests her courage and sparks her generous spirit. Will she be able to return to her village as a hero?

Morehead's Holiday Concert Series 2012

Aug 31 2012 - 8:00pm

Whether your favorite holiday music includes traditional carols, popular tunes or instrumental classics, you'll be able to enjoy the sounds of the season "under the stars" during Morehead's traditional Holiday Concert Series, beginning Nov. 30, 2012. All concerts are scheduled in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater with stars, constellations and other celestial objects projected onto the dome for your enjoyment during the musical performance.

Middle School Science Club for 2012-2013

Jul 3 2012 - 8:00pm

Morehead's Middle School Science Club offers young scientists an opportunity to learn about science and medical research at UNC and around the Research Triangle, complete with hands-on science experiences, tours and other activities.

Registration is open now for rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Spaces are limited!

"Curiosity" lands on Mars

Jul 2 2012 - 8:00pm

NASA has scheduled the landing of its newest Mars rover, Curiosity, for the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2012. Morehead is not offering a public viewing of the Curiosity broadcast, since the landing will be around 1:30 a.m.

We're celebrating with Kidzu on July 21!

Jun 28 2012 - 8:00pm

Morehead is partnering with our Chapel Hill neighbor, Kidzu Children's Museum, for a special event celebrating the fulldome planetarium show "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure."

Celebrate science with Morehead's Jupiter Ball 2012

Jun 19 2012 - 8:00pm

One of the most exciting ways to support science in North Carolina is by attending the Jupiter Ball 2012, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9.

This gala event includes a reception in Morehead's Rotunda followed by dinner in the elegant State Dining Room and dancing to the music of The Headliners.

Science Cafe on hiatus

May 5 2012 - 8:00pm

Morehead's popular Carolina Science Cafe series is taking a vacation this summer!

Traditionally, the series offers a new program on the first Thursday of each month. Each program highlights an "in the news" topic from science and technology, with insight provided by a local expert. The informal programs are held at Back Bar (part of Chapel Hill's Top of the Hill restaurant) and provide plenty of opportunities for guests to share their questions and ideas with the experts.

Summer Science Camps update

Apr 23 2012 - 8:00pm

There are a few spaces remaining for Morehead's Summer Science Camps!

More openings are available at our new Research Triangle Park site, Kestrel Heights Charter School, near the intersection of N.C. 54 and N.C. 55. Camps at this site follow a different schedule and are priced differently than Morehead's camps in Chapel Hill because they use non-UNC facilities.


Apr 4 2012 - 8:00pm

If you like science, you're going to love the next two weeks -- it's the North Carolina Science Festival!

From April 13 through April 29, Festival partners (museums, universities, parks, businesses, libraries and other community sites) are hosting all kinds of different science-related events. There's something for everyone.


Bring your family to the free science expos in Asheville, Boone, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greenville and Kinston.