Skywatching

Take a guided tour of the night sky.

Morehead hosts free skywatching sessions every month (weather-permitting). Morehead educators and CHAOS members (from Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society) bring telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects. You might even see a few meteors! 

Check The Weather

It’s hard to see stars through a cloud cover, so Morehead cancels skywatching sessions if the weather forecast predicts stormy or cloudy conditions. Cancellation decisions are made as soon as possible — at least two or three hours in advance. To see any cancellation notices, check Morehead’s Twitter and Facebook news feeds. You can also call Morehead Guest Relations at 919-962-1236 to check on the status of any skywatching session.

Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. During the evening, you might do any of these things:

  • Peek through telescopes for up-close views of celestial objects
  • Take a laser-guided “star tour” of the night sky
  • Learn where to look for major constellations
  • Listen to legends told by ancient cultures about the constellations
  • Ask the astronomers for answers to all the astronomy questions you have!

Still have questions about Skywatching? Check out our Skywatching FAQs.

Please note: Because of Earth’s rotation, some sky objects may be visible during only part of a skywatching session, depending on the times they rise and set. Click here for our current star chart.

Morehead skywatching sessions are a variety of site throughout the Triangle region.

Currently our main sites are:

Skywatching sessions may also be hosted at Stagville State Historic Site, The Durham Hotel, and other special locations. Please see the calendar events for location details.

To request a skywatching session at another location, contact planets@unc.edu.

Guest Relations
mhplanet@unc.edu
919.962.1236

Do you still have questions about skywatching? Check out our Skywatching FAQs!