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Yoga Under the Stars: Benefits Beyond the Mat

Oct 2 2019 - 4:41pm


Yoga is more than a buzzword; it’s been practiced for more than five thousand years.

Why has yoga remained a mainstay in our self-care and mindful practices? Research has shown that it has positive benefits including mental and physical health.

Why the Oct. 5th Observe the Moon Night is misnamed

Sep 27 2019 - 11:29am

You’ll see the first quarter moon in the afternoon and evening.


When is the Moon in the sky?

We often ask field trip groups this question as we introduce Morehead’s planetarium show Earth, Moon and Sun. The kids usually yell out “nighttime!”

But is the Moon always up at night? Is it up all night long? Is it never up in the day?

Gazing into the Past

Sep 20 2019 - 5:19pm



On Friday, September 20, 2019, from 8 to 10 p.m., you are invited to join Morehead at the House in the Horseshoe state historic site for a free skywatching event. The address is 288 Alston House Rd, Sanford, NC 27330.

Viewing tips for the 2019 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 7 2019 - 9:25am

Perseid meteors appear to radiate away from the direction of the constellation Perseus. (Credit: Stellarium)


The annual Perseid meteor shower is already happening, and is predicted to peak the night of August 12/13, 2019. That’s a Monday evening into early Tuesday morning.

No, a black supermoon won’t rise in your sky tonight

Jul 31 2019 - 5:30pm

Can’t see anything in the image? It’s not a problem with your device. You can’t see the new moon on July 31, 2019. (Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)


You may have heard that today’s (July 31, 2019) new moon is a “black supermoon” that will make for exceptional stargazing when it rises tonight. This claim misleads in several ways.

Let’s start by breaking down that “black supermoon” term:

How you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Jul 19 2019 - 9:48am

Image credit: NASA


Fifty years ago this July, humans first walked on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. North Carolinians have many ways to celebrate that anniversary:

UNC Chapel Hill alumnus helps Morehead Planetarium commemorate 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with special Neil Armstrong medal

Jul 16 2019 - 9:23am

Image credit: NASA


On Saturday, July 20th, millions of people will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11—the landmark achievement that placed the first humans on the moon. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will also celebrate this milestone in history with the help of a UNC alumnus.

Wave hello to people in outer space (at May 18th skywatching, Dorothea Dix Park)

May 15 2019 - 6:06pm

Above: The Expedition 59 crew includes Christina Koch (far right in the image), who considers Jacksonville, North Carolina, to be her hometown. Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz



Want to wave hello to someone in outer space?

You have several chances coming up, including during our skywatching session this Saturday evening (May 18, 2019) at Dorothea Dix Park, when the International Space Station (ISS) is predicted to pass almost directly over the park.

You're invited to a Star Party! April 12 & 13, 2019

Mar 31 2019 - 12:46pm


North Carolina hosts the biggest* statewide star party for the public in the entire universe—and you’re invited!

The 7th annual NC Statewide Star Party happens on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2019, when 54 hosts across the state, from the mountains to the coast, offer skywatching events for the public. These Star Party hosts include parks, libraries, historic sites, nature centers, museums, planetariums, and colleges and universities. Many of the events are free.

January 20-21 lunar eclipse: This is worth staying up late for, North Carolina

Jan 14 2019 - 10:36am



On late Sunday evening, January 20, 2019, into early Monday morning the 21st, you can watch the full moon pass into Earth’s shadow: a lunar eclipse.

The main action starts Sunday night, Jan. 20, with a partial eclipse beginning at 10:33 p.m. The eclipse will be total from Sunday 11:41 p.m. to Monday 12:43 a.m., then it becomes partial again, ending at 1:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. (All times Eastern.)

Here’s why this lunar eclipse is worth staying up for, North Carolina.