Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

In 1949, the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center opened to the public with “Let There Be Light.” In the years since, we’ve continued to shed light on all that science can teach us, inspiring the people of North Carolina and beyond. We partner with the University community to bring together Carolina’s many world-class resources and world-renowned minds to ignite passion for science and advance the public’s understanding of it. We encourage willing scientists’ ability to communicate the value of their research to the school groups, teenagers, families and other audiences we serve in every North Carolina county.

The Morehead Story

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Morehead Science Center

Seeing More Stars

New projection system revamps the Morehead Planetarium

Kids in a classroom complete science-related crafts

Summer of Science

Bringing engaging, informative science education to students across the state


Only a Spark

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


Where Early Space Journeys Began

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


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.


A Summer-ful of Science

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