Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has suspended public operations until further notice because of ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. You can read our full statement here. While you’re here, check out Morehead At Home, an online hub of resources for you to enjoy at home!

Morehead At Home

While our physical doors might be closed, you can still count on Morehead.

We recognize that these unprecedented times pose a unique challenge to educators and parents. And while we can’t provide in-person educational experiences right now, we hope that a few additional digital resources will remind you of your trips to our planetarium or inspire you to come visit us later. More importantly, we hope that you feel empowered to explore the world around you – even if it’s from home.

This page will be updated regularly, so to be sure you don’t miss anything, we recommend that you:


See Upcoming Virtual Events

Tuesdays & Thursdays | Morehead At Home: Skywatching

Explore the sky from home using tips and tools from Morehead educators, Nick Eakes and Amy Sayle. Every Tuesday and Thursday, join them via Zoom where they’ll discuss upcoming celestial happenings and other astronomy-related topics like how to identify constellations, measuring distances between objects in the sky and more. Each skywatching session will be accessible via Zoom. We’re recommending young explorers (grades 5 and below) join us on Tuesdays, while teens and older participate on Thursdays.

Download the June/July star chart here.

Sometimes we’ll provide additional visual aids, activities, or links to more information about a specific topic. This will be updated regularly.

Stellarium Tutorial | April 14, 2020

Vacation Destinations | April 28, 2020

Your Guide to the Moon | May 5, 2020

Anyone Out There? | May 7, 2020

May Carolina Skies | May 12, 2020

See the International Space Station | May 14, 2020

The Sky is a Time Machine | May 21, 2020

Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? | June 11, 2020

Supernova! | June 23, 2020

Thursdays | Virtual Teen Science Cafe

Join us on Thursdays for Virtual Teen Science Cafes! You’ll hear from exciting scientists, researchers and other professionals every week until June 11, 2020. Make sure to check our calendar regularly for updates on speakers and topics. We hope to “see” you there!

Fridays | 360° Video Premieres

You’ll be able to enjoy some of our most popular fulldome planetarium shows from the comfort of your home. No VR headset? No problem! Use your mouse and touchpad on your computer to click and drag inside a video. You can also move your phone from left to right or right to left to view a video in all different angles. These videos are also viewable using any VR headset or Google Cardboard.

Virtual Events

Where to find us:

250 E Franklin St | UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC 27514

How to reach us:

919.962.1236
mpsc_gr@unc.edu

In Case You Missed It

Did you miss the last virtual event? Check our Virtual Morehead playlist on YouTube, and “Subscribe” to stay up-to-date with all of our videos. We’ll try to get videos uploaded within 48-72 hours after the event has been recorded.


North Carolina Virtual Science Festival

We couldn’t host our usual statewide celebration of science this year, so were bringing the annual NCSciFest to you! With the help of partners across North Carolina, we’ve curated some digital resources for exploring science at home. Check it out!

Download Flat Kelvin and two NCSciFest coloring pages

2020 NCSF coloring page

Watch our 360° Planetarium Videos at Home!

Have you ever wanted to watch a 360° video of a planetarium show at home? Now you can!

Instructions

Use your mouse and touchpad on your computer to click and drag inside the video. You can also move your phone from left to right or right to left to view the video in all different angles. (*This show can also be viewed using any VR headset or Google Cardboard.)

Solar System Odyssey

Release Date: April 24, 2020

Take Flight

Release Date: May 1, 2020

The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale

Release Date: May 8, 2020

Tales of the American South

Release Date: May 15, 2020

Jeepers Creepers

Release Date: May 22, 2020


Need some star jams? Listen to our Spotify playlist – made for skywatching at home!

Please Note: Morehead Planetarium & Science Center does not own the rights to any of the music in this playlist.


Stay Connected

Check out our most recent blogs featuring skywatching tutorials, cool celestial happenings, and much more!