Did you know that our whole solar system is only 30 minutes away? You can explore space, the sun and the moon, and you can learn what it’s like to be an astronaut all in one place – Chapel Hill. The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located at 250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, just 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh.
What is a planetarium?
A planetarium is a special theater with a dome-shaped (round) ceiling where you can see entertaining and educational shows about the sky, stars, and space. At the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, you can see shows about all those things and more! They also have a show about the human body called “Grossology and You.” Click here for a complete list of the shows you can see right now.
What else can I do at the planetarium?
The theater is only one part of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. You can also go there to learn about earthquakes, chemistry, physics, and the human body on the Science Stage. They have programs for kids, adults, teenagers, and families, so everyone can enjoy learning something new!
How do I get there?
By car (from Raleigh), take I-40 west to Exit 270 (US 15-501). Turn left off the exit and cross over I-40 onto US 15-501 south. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks (divides), take the right fork (side) to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for Morehead on the left. Click here to get directions from your house.
You can also take a Triangle Transit bus on the Chapel Hill-Raleigh Express (CRX) route from downtown Raleigh to Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Click here for the map and schedule.
What would you like to do at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center? Ask your classmates to go with you, and be sure to take your family!