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There are a lot of great stories at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center just waiting to be told. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center always welcomes inquiries and will do everything possible to assist media representatives.

 

Current News Releases

GSK renews Science in the Summer™ partnership with Morehead Planetarium & Science Center with $1.5M grant

December 02, 2019

More than 2,000 students will participate in free science education summer programs in 11 North Carolina counties

New Year Event Cancellation

December 02, 2019

Morehead will not host annual New Year Family Celebration

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Due to ongoing renovations Morehead Planetarium & Science Center will not host the annual Night Lights event. The highly attended, sold-out event attracts more than 5,000 people from the Triangle and surrounding areas each year.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” says Susan Durham, Director of Operations at Morehead. “We want to offer guests an exceptional experience, but we know we could not do that with the ongoing renovation project.”

Fact Sheet

Location

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center was the first planetarium to be built on a college campus in the United States and is located in downtown Chapel Hill on scenic Franklin Street. The building is on the north end of the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Facility

Morehead features a 68-foot planetarium dome with a Definiti fulldome digital video projection system including surround sound. The facility also features the Science Stage, exhibits, the UNC Visitor's Center, a portrait gallery, a rose garden and a massive sundial. UNC's department of physics and astronomy operates the Morehead Observatory at the east end of the building.

Visitors

Nearly 160,000 people visit the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center annually, including 85,000 schoolchildren.

Shows

Planetarium schedules at Morehead feature multimedia shows and live star shows narrated by planetarium staff members. The Science Stage offers Science LIVE! demonstration programs.

Community Programs

Non-credit classes for adults and children, special courses for teachers, summer camps for children, monthly skywatching sessions and other programs for all ages keep the community involved in science. Morehead also offers extensive outreach programs statewide and organizes the North Carolina Science Festival.