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Tips for viewing the 2019 Geminid meteor shower

Dec 9 2019 - 8:10am

Credit: Matt Lochansky


The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks the night of December 13/14, 2019 (Friday evening into early Saturday morning). This is a strong, reliable shower known for producing good meteor activity before midnight.

Stop by Morehead Planetarium this Monday for a last chance to see a transit of Mercury in decades

Nov 8 2019 - 3:42pm


Join us at the Morehead Sundial on Monday, November 11, 2019, to view a transit of Mercury – a direct pass of our solar system’s innermost planet between Earth and the Sun. Another transit will take place in 2032, but the next one visible from North America won’t occur until 2049.

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.