Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Spend a day of educational family fun at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The planetarium has been a Chapel Hill staple since 1949 when it was built as a gift by John Motley Morehead III, (UNC class of 1891).

The planetarium is not short on resources that will provide the best learning experience possible about the Universe.

The center includes a 68-foot-tall fulldome planetarium, classrooms and exhibits, a 24-inch cassegrain reflecting telescope and observation decks and more.

Morehead has plenty of different events every month. Notable events include skywatching sessions. During these sessions, you will learn about constellation myths and legends, from a Morehead instructor and they will give a tour of the constellations as well.

But that’s not all.

You will see breathtaking telescoping views of planets, nebulae, star clusters and the moon.

Skywatching events are normally held at Jordan Lake State Park on Saturday nights.

In the past, Morehead has actually hosted astronaut training.From 1959 to 1975 astronauts Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs trained at Morehead. The astronauts trained in celestial navigation to ensure they could pilot their spacecraft if the navigation systems failed.

If you’re visiting the Chapel Hill area, make sure an education and fun visit to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is on your “to do” list.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.

Admission for adults is $7.25 while tickets for children, students and senior citizens are $6.