We have reopened our doors to the public. Here’s what you need to know to plan a fun, safe visit to the new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

What you Need to Know

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! 

Interested in exploring the Carolina night sky at home?

Download the October-November star chart and use on clear nights in your own backyard!

Join us every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom where Morehead Educators discuss upcoming celestial happenings and other astronomy-related topics like how to identify constellations, measuring distances between objects in the sky and more. Sessions are appropriate for most ages.

Check out Morehead At Home for more information and upcoming dates.

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!