Mark your calendars: Feb. 17, 2016 is Homeschool Day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Homeschool students and groups are invited to participate in Morehead's Discovery Classes and other programs offered to large groups and school field trips.
Morehead will host a two-day exhibit of "Granular Wall," a sound installation that demonstrates fluid dynamics. "Granular Wall" features a large, flat tank filled with water and neutrally-bouyant fluorescent microspheres, which reflect the complex fluid dynamics within the tank. The installation uses motion tracking and computer synthesis to interpret the fluid dynamics as music.
You'll have more opportunities to enjoy Morehead programs during the last two weeks of December 2015:
Will and Mary Pope Osborne are the 2015 recipients of the Jupiter Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science Education, presented by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Presented annually since 2011, the Jupiter Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who support informal science education programs serving K-12 students and schools throughout North Carolina. Previous recipients include former astronaut William Thornton and science educator Betsy Bennett.
Calling all UNC undergrads! Relax under the stars in Morehead’s historic planetarium and take a guided tour of the night sky during these free special programs. After learning to identify the planets, stars and constellations visible in the North Carolina sky, you’ll embark on a fly-through of our universe. After the show, if the skies are clear, you can observe the real night sky from Morehead’s sundial through telescopes. The planetarium show happens rain or shine; outdoor observing is weather permitting.
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On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, Will and Mary Pope Osborne will be joining us for a special ticketed event for children and adults. Mary is author of the popular Magic Tree House℗ book series, and Will created the script for Morehead's own Magic Tree House® Space Mission planetarium show. Here's a chance for your family to meet Mary and Will in person!
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is celebrating the Halloween season with a special edition of the Carolina Skies planetarium program. Scare-olina Skies is a special storytelling event in the GSK Fulldome Theater featuring stars, constellations and celestial events told through ancient legends of monsters, mayhem and madness.
On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, Morehead will present Scare-olina Skies at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. These programs are designed for adult and teen audiences.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is one of five University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill units recognized for outstanding fundraising success in fiscal year 2015.
Morehead joins the University's Eshelman School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, N.C. Botanical Garden and School of Government in this recognition. These and other University units contributed to the largest fundraising year in the history of UNC-Chapel Hill, which received nearly $447 million in donor commitments in FY 2015.
Morehead welcomes Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador, on Friday, July 17, for a free presentation about NASA's New Horizons mission and the data it is collecting about dwarf planet Pluto. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the GSK Fulldome Theater. Come learn about New Horizons and its technology!
Read Tony Rice's blog post, After 9 years, New Horizons reaches Pluto’s doorstep, on Morehead's blog.
Curious about Pluto? Everyone know its story - formerly recognized as the smallest planet of nine in our Solar System and now reclassified as a dwarf planet. With the New Horizons mission collecting fresh data about Pluto, there's more to learn. This summer, Morehead offers new opportunities to learn about Pluto. And these programs are free!