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!
Skywatching at the Durham Hotel
Monday, August 12, 2019
Rescheduled to Monday, August 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location:The Durham Hotel, Durham. Directions.
Skywatching: Stagville Under the Stars, feat. African Sky Stories
Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Program will start promptly at 8:00 PM
Location: Historic Stagville Foundation, 5825 Old Oxford HIghway, Durham, NC 27712. Directions.
Notes: Stagville Under The Stars will also feature storytelling from African Sky Stories in addition to skywatching. Unlike most of our skywatching sessions, this isn't a drop-in program, and late arrivals will miss out on the storytelling aspect of the program, which will start promptly at 8:00 PM.
Event Page: http://www.stagville.org/events/
Skywatching: Gazing Into the Past at House in the Horseshoe Historic Site
Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: House in the Horseshoe Historic Site, 288 Alston House Road, Sanford, NC 27330. Directions.
Event Pages: NC Historic Sites Event Page, Facebook Event Page.
Skywatching: International Observe the Moon Night at Dorothea Dix Park
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh. Directions.
Skywatching at Little River Regional Park
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Little River Regional Park, Rougemont. Directions.
What Happens at a 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: Little River Regional Park, off Guess Road at the Durham/Orange county border. Click here for directions to Little River Regional Park; and Dorothea Dix Park located in downtown Raleigh, near Umstead Dr. Click here for directions for Dorothea Dix Park.
Skywatching sessions may also be hosted at Stagville State Historic Site, The Durham Hotel, and other special locations. To request a skywatching session at another location, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.