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Morehead Planetarium open for extended summer hours

Posted June 23

The show, starring Wilber and Orville Wright, focus on the four forces of flight. Courtesy: Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill is now operating under its extended summer hours.

Public planetarium shows are now offered Tuesday through Sunday. The full schedule is on the website, but shows start at 10:30 a.m. and continue every hour until the final show at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. until the last show at 2:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and 1:30 p.m. to the last show at 3:30 p.m., Sundays.

The schedule runs through Aug. 28 and includes two new shows - "Cosmic Colors" and "The Little Star That Could." The schedule also includes long-time popular shows such as "Magic Tree House Space Mission" and "Carolina Skies," along with "Take Flight," which opened in March.

Morehead's Science Live! programs also are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday and include some great, free presentations on physics and matter, for instance. My kids have loved these! They run on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday.

Monthly skywatching sessions are scheduled for 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., July 9, and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Aug. 11. Both are at Jordan Lake. They are free.

And Star Families, designed for ages 7 to 12 and their adults, are 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., July 16, and 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Aug. 13. You'll need to register for those.

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