Funding Priority

Expand Programming Across North Carolina

To bring the wonders of science to more people of every age across the state, we will invest in science outreach programming, vehicles and tools, including our mobile lab and portable planetarium programs. We will focus on underserved areas and populations. We will broaden our engagement through local community partnerships. We will reach all of North Carolina’s current and next generations with a universe of possibilities.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    Look to the Stars

    Behind every star we see in the night sky is a history. The stars have been a wayfinding system for ancient mariners, a source of light and solace, and the inspiration for storied legends and myths from past civilizations. The night sky has much to teach us beyond astronomy; it can lend perspective on how early humans grappled with a universe beyond their comprehension – but not necessarily their imaginations.

    Our popular Skywatching program brings together young and old to learn about and observe stars, planets and other celestial objects visible in the night. Morehead educators and members of the Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society provide telescopes and guide the public in observation of celestial objects, weaving together astronomical history, lore and science in an ever-changing, awesome show put on by the natural world. In August literally thousands of people have been known to gather at Jordan Lake to view the annual Perseid meteor shower. Like the star-studded sky on a clear night, Morehead is a beacon to a region whose love of astronomy is derived in no small way from this institution’s generous past and present. Join us in making sure the same will be true for next generation.

     

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    Alumni

    Only a Spark

    “The support for the initiative is overwhelming. The school board, school system, teachers, and the parents are all engaged and committed.”

    Sciences

    Where Early Space Journeys Began

    “When you walk into our planetarium, you’re walking in the footsteps of men who walked on the moon.”

    Sciences

    Look to the Stars

    The night sky has much to teach us beyond astronomy; it can lend perspective on how early humans grappled with a universe beyond their comprehension – but not necessarily their imaginations.

    Community

    A Summer-ful of Science

    Just because school is out doesn’t mean that kids should stop learning.

    Student Support

    An Education Beyond the Classroom

    We know that Carolina students can and will have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Sciences

    A Voice for Advancements

    We've led innovation in science education since opening in 1949.