Morehead Planetarium

I may be biased after having worked at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center  for two years, but I believe that it is one of the best places in Chapel Hill. Morehead Planetarium was built in 1949 and was the first planetarium to be built in the South and the sixth built in the United States. Ten years after it was built, between 1959 and 1975, nearly every astronaut trained at Morehead Planetarium, making Carolina the only University in the world that can claim all astronauts as alumni! Today, Morehead has expanded its mission be a gateway to the stars but also to all the sciences.

Visitors can take advantage of Planetarium shows such as: Carolina Skies, Dynamic Earth, Back to the Moon, Wildest Weather in the Solar System and Take Flight, to name a few. Morehead also hosts after school programs and summer camps which are both enriching and exciting for young students.


Watching a star show in the Planetarium is an experience like none other and one that I would recommend to everyone, regardless of age and interests. Carolina Skies is one of my favorites, and is also one of the original shows at Morehead. It is an interesting show because it shows the sky as it appears on the particular night above North Carolina, so it is never the same twice! You can find out more about the shows that Morehead has to offer on their website, as well as how you can become a member to give your support.


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