Astronomical Legacy and Educational Mission

Established in 1949, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has been a beacon of astronomical exploration and education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and beyond. Its founding mission, inspired by UNC-Chapel Hill’s ties to NASA’s space program, aimed to bring the wonders of the universe to the public through engaging programming and innovative exhibits. Visit this link for more information.

Immersive Experiences and Interactive Learning

At the heart of the Morehead experience are its immersive planetarium shows, which transport visitors on virtual journeys through space and time. Through state-of-the-art technology and expert narration, audiences are treated to breathtaking views of distant galaxies, celestial phenomena, and the wonders of our solar system. The center also offers interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that invite visitors of all ages to explore the realms of science and discovery. See here for information about McCorkle Place: Historic Heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Community Engagement and Outreach

In addition to its on-site programming, Morehead is dedicated to serving the community through outreach initiatives and educational partnerships. Its mobile planetarium brings the wonders of the universe directly to schools and community centers across North Carolina, inspiring future generations of scientists and stargazers.

Innovative Research and Future Directions

As a leader in science education and outreach, Morehead continues to push the boundaries of innovation and discovery. Through ongoing research and collaboration with leading scientists and educators, the center remains at the forefront of astronomical exploration, ensuring that its mission to inspire curiosity and ignite a passion for science endures for generations to come.