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How an unreliable fiancé caused the Milky Way to be (an astronomical Valentine’s story)

Feb 13 2014 - 1:07am

BY AMY SAYLE

Evidently, being scheduled to present Valentine’s planetarium shows does not qualify one as “emergency personnel” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Were the University not closed (on February 14, 2014) because of the weather, one legend of love you could have heard at Morehead Planetarium’s now-canceled “Carolina Skies: Valentine edition” is the Estonian folktale of Lindu’s wedding veil.

Join us for skywatching this Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) – weather permitting

Jan 29 2014 - 8:17am

BY AMY SAYLE

If the weather permits, please join us this Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) for our next skywatching session at Jordan Lake. We plan to be at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Telescopes provided!

We’ll look at the waxing crescent Moon, the planet Jupiter, and other celestial wonders. Also planned are constellation tours and star storytelling. Come near the beginning of the session if you’d like to catch Mercury before it sets.

Good and not-so-good news about the 2013 Geminid meteor shower

Dec 12 2013 - 9:24am

BY AMY SAYLE

First, the good news about the 2013 Geminid meteor shower:

How many planetarium workers does it take to change a light bulb?

Nov 26 2013 - 9:33am

BY AMY SAYLE

How many planetarium people does it take to change a light bulb? If we’re talking about the bulbs in the projectors that run Morehead’s planetarium shows, the answer is 3:

Call for Event Submissions (with a Dash of Festival Envy)

Nov 20 2013 - 9:01am

BY JONATHAN FREDERICK

How a giant bear got the Pleiades into the sky

Oct 25 2013 - 1:46pm

BY AMY SAYLE

A giant grizzly bear chases seven little girls. In desperation, the girls scramble onto a low rock, but they know the bear will easily reach them there.

8 tips for viewing the 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 9 2013 - 11:10am

BY AMY SAYLE

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12, 2013. Viewing tips:

1. What you’re seeing. Although meteors are sometimes called “shooting stars,” they are not stars. Instead they are bits of cosmic debris interacting with Earth’s atmosphere and creating a streak of light. In the case of the Perseid meteors, the debris has been shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

4 things to pack for your vacation to Mercury

Jul 31 2013 - 11:26am

BY AMY SAYLE

Vacationing to Venus? 1 thing to leave behind

Jun 27 2013 - 11:30am

BY AMY SAYLE

Why might a vacation to the planet Venus seem like a fun idea?

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