Although "Carolina Skies" is one of the longest-running planetarium shows at Morehead, this show is never the same twice! This "live" star show is led by a Morehead educator and is a traditional planetarium show that focuses on stars, planets and constellations.
Join millions of people, including 11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the Moon, who have explored the universe through planetarium shows at Morehead.
You can choose from two different types of shows, "live" star shows and multimedia shows. Star shows include the classic Carolina Skies, a live show presented by a Morehead astronomy educator. Each star show is a little bit different, and showcases that night's sky. Multimedia shows are animated adventures that explore the skies as well as other areas of scientific interest, like the human body or the inner workings of Earth's climate system.
In 2010, Morehead installed a new fulldome digital video (FDV) projection system, and all planetarium shows now use this amazing technology.
Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur—based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun into the interconnected systems that create our climate. You'll ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into fiery volcanoes!
This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
Four hundred years ago, an Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei adopted an amazing new invention – the telescope – and systematically studied the heavens in detail for the very first time in history. Using this optical wonder, “The Father of Modern Science” ushered in a revolution of scientific discovery that continues to this day. Throughout the ensuing centuries, our view of the cosmos, enhanced through larger and ever more sophisticated telescopes, has expanded dramatically, far exceeding the narrow view of the universe held by humanity for millennia before Galileo.
A wise respiratory system once said, "Gross is in the eye of the beholder." After watching this planetarium show, you may start thinking differently about the "gross" side of the human body and what it does to protect us every day.
Join Noreen Neuron, host of the “Personal Universe” game show, as she leads us through a competition to decide which body system is the best and brightest. Will it be Scabby (the immune system), Boogie (the respiratory system) or Flatus (the digestive system)? Laugh and learn as these animated characters explore the inner workings of the human body!
"The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System.
Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children's book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.”
Viewers peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get … well, we don’t want to give the surprise away!
Immerse yourself in the exciting exploration of Dark Matter.
This planetarium show journeys across space and time, speeding alongside particles before they collide in a visually stunning explosion of light and sound. Then, learn how scientist around the world are collaborating to track down dark matter... the hunt is on.
Narrated by Academy Award winner, Tilda Swinton with sound by an Academy Award winning team at Skywalker Sound.
Solar System Odyssey is a futuristic adventure, exploring what could happen if humans consume all the resources of Earth. Jack Larson embarks on a quest to discover a new home for humans to colonize, piloting his spacecraft on a wild ride through our Solar System.
Along his journey, Jack encounters a traveling companion who helps him search for answers to these questions:
Join uniquely-animated brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright for a full-throttle adventure through the history and into the future of aeronautics!
Learn about the four forces of flight — lift, weight, thrust and drag — with demonstrations by the Wright brothers and share observations and discoveries with Leonardo da Vinci as he creates his “flying machine.”
"The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale" is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring.
Its star, a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon's nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?
What are we made of?
Where did it all come from?
Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.
Narrated by Andy Serkis.