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morehead planetarium and science center

Every gift to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center matters. Your gift matters . Although state support and ticket revenues cover most daily operations.

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If you are not a member, you can join online or at the Morehead ticket counter. Special pricing is available for field trips and groups 10 or more visitors with advance reservations. Special pricing may apply for field trips and groups with advance reservations. We have re-opened our Gift Shop and Theater for our Summer operating schedule, below. Check our Calendar for show listings and tickets.

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 , Morehead installed a new fulldome digital video FDV projection system, and all planetarium shows now use this amazing technology. Imagine a place where time stands still, where the universal order breaks down, where the unimaginable becomes reality.

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. Visitors learn how to identify celestial objects visible to the naked eye and how to find the cardinal directions using celestial signposts. They learn about the legends and myths created by ancient cultures to explain the astronomical phenomena observed by those cultures. Currently, "Carolina Skies" shows also include an exciting "fly-out" experience that travels beyond our Solar System into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond into our universe! Morehead also offers special editions of Carolina Skies throughout the year.

Summer Science Camps

It is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States having welcomed more than 7 million visitors by its 60th anniversary in First opened in , the planetarium was used to train Gemini and Apollo program astronauts in celestial navigation.

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