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Very tiny things

Sep 8 2010 - 8:00pm

The photomicrography image on the home page is by Dominik Paquet of Germany and illustrates a zebrafish.

Ever heard of photomicrography? This specialized area of photography examines natural and manufactured objects within a microscopic lens, providing an amazingly close view of features too small to see with the naked eye.

In September, Morehead brings Nikon's "Small World" exhibit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for public viewing. The exhibit opens Sept. 4, and admission to the exhibit is free.

Adam and Jamie are coming to UNC!

Aug 21 2010 - 8:00pm

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is bringing two TV stars who specialize in science entertainment — Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the Discovery Channel television show "MythBusters" — to the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"An Afternoon with Adam and Jamie" will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in UNC's Dean E. Smith Center. The event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

August: Return of the Mars hoax.

Jul 22 2010 - 8:00pm

It happens every August. Lots of people call the planetarium asking about this scary e-mail they received that says Mars will look as big as the Moon in the night sky.

FOLKS, IT'S A HOAX. More accurately, it's really bad misinformation.

Delete the e-mail NOW. Check the facts (and the history) in this explanation from the astronomy experts at Sky & Telescope. And save that link for next August -- chances are, you'll need it again.

The BIG GREEN BUS returns!

Mar 28 2010 - 8:00pm

What do you do with a tank of used vegetable oil? You fuel up a bus and hit the road, of course!

Twelve students from Dartmouth College are touring the U.S. aboard the Big Green Bus, a renovated charter bus adapted to use vegetable oil as its fuel. They eat, sleep and live on the bus, traveling across the country to illustrate how alternative fuels can be used.

Our Next Giant Leap

Feb 13 2010 - 7:00pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1.5 million gift from GlaxoSmithKline, supporting the conversion of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's historic Star Theater from analog to fulldome digital video technology.

In recognition of the gift, the theater will be renamed the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater. University officials announced the gift and renaming on Jan. 26 at an event at the planetarium.

Decoding the HIV genome

Nov 21 2009 - 7:00pm

Meet UNC chemist Dr. Kevin Weeks and hear about his team's breakthrough research Thursday, Dec. 3, at Morehead's free Current Science Forum.

Let's kick up some Moon dust!

Sep 23 2009 - 8:00pm

Space exploration expert Andrew Chaikin visited Morehead on Sept. 16 and told an all-ages audience all about the LCROSS mission and its goal to discover water on the Moon.

If you missed Chaikin's free presentation, you can learn more about LCROSS on NASA's Web site. And on Oct. 9, you can watch the crash live online via NASA TV!

Members get a discount at the N.C. Zoo!

Sep 20 2009 - 8:00pm

Morehead Planterium and the N.C. Zoo are partnering up! Morehead members can now receive 50% off admission to the zoo, and zoo members receive the same discount for Morehead planetarium show tickets.

Members must show their membership card to receive the discount.

The benefit is not applicable to Morehead's premium shows, e.g. laser shows.

It's summer — here comes the Mars e-mail!

Aug 11 2009 - 8:00pm

Every summer since 2003, an e-mail has been "spammed" around the world that claims Mars will be as large as the full Moon in the August night sky.

That's not true! If you receive that e-mail, delete it. Tell your friends to delete it. Here's the truth:

Mars will never look as large as the Moon in our sky. Even at its closest distance, Mars is more than 35 million miles away from Earth. The Moon is much closer to Earth than Mars is — the Moon is about 250,000 miles away from our planet.

Molecular biologist visits as part of Meet-A-Scientist series

Jul 31 2009 - 8:00pm

Join Dr. Kerry Bloom, UNC molecular biologist, for an exploration of cells, chromosomes and DNA on Saturday, August 15 at 12:30 and 1:30 in the NASA Digital Theater.

Bloom's free presentation is part of Morehead's "Meet A Scientist" series.