Getaway Color Ways: Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

I’ve been a space nerd ever since I was a little girl, so it’s no surprise that today’s Color Ways location has always been on my bucket list, and with the impending eclipse right around the corner, it’s a good time to take a trip to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.



Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, located in Chapel Hill, is part of the University of North Carolina. John Motley Morehead III, a successful businessman and chemist from the UNC class of 1891, had the facility built as a gift. It was the very first planetarium in the South, and the only one located on a college campus. The planetarium opened in 1949 and so many have benefited from the various programs offered there, including some famous astronauts, who trained there between 1959 and 1975.  The building is home to the GSK Fulldome Theater, exhibits, the Science Stage, as well as classrooms. It also houses the UNC Morehead Observatory.

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There are lots of intriguing exhibits to check out while you’re at MPSC. Some permanent exhibits include the History Hallway, where you can learn all about the history of Morehead and see actual photos & artifacts from the astronauts who trained there, and The Highway of the Planets, the brain child of UNC’s first president, Joseph Caldwell. There are several other exhibits at MPSC, rotating throughout the year. If you’re like me, the planetarium shows are the most exciting part! Currently, there are 14 different planetarium shows, most of which are original productions written by the Morehead production team. From Carolina Skies, a “live” show that focuses on stars, planets & constellations to Dynamic Earth, a show that explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system, there’s a little something for everyone! You can check out their schedule to see what shows are playing and when.

It’s an exciting time for those of us interested in anything space related, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a trip to the MPSC!

Have an out-of-this-world weekend everyone!



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