Planetarium

Settlemyre is the only totally digital, full-dome theater in the north-central region of South Carolina or the Charlotte metro area, offering programs on a wide variety of scientific topics. Join us and journey from the Carolina Skies to beyond the Milky Way Galaxy!


Current Shows

 

 

Back to the Moon for Good
Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings in the new planetarium show Back to the Moon For Good.  See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen.

 

Flight Adventures
Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in Flight Adventures, a show about the science of aeronautics.  Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and see images of aircraft past, present and future.

Carolina Skies
See where the visible planets and moon are positioned during the week in a live update, then discover how to find constellations during the Seasonal Stargazing presentation. This show is recommended for stargazers older than 6.


2014 Schedule Through June 6

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.: Back to the Moon for Good

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 a.m. Children's Show: Flight Adventures

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!

Special school holiday programs may be offered.


Carolina Skygazing

  • Second Tuesday of Each Month 
  • Carolina Skygazers Astronomy Club Meeting: 7:30 pm
  • Planetarium Show Carolina Skies: 8 p.m.; $2 per person (outside doors open 7:30 – 8  pm; no late seating; exhibits closed)
  • Outside Telescopic Observing: After Planetarium until 9:30 pm; Free (canceled when the sky is cloudy)


If you would like to schedule a group for the planetarium, please contact 803.981.9182 or scheduler@chmuseums.org.


Astronomy Events

Mars is closer than it has been in several years, and therefore it is at its brightest.  It is visible all night long - in the eastern sky in the evening and in the western sky before dawn.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Carolinas on the morning of April 15, 2014.  The partial phase begins at 2 AM and totality will be between 3:06 AM and 4:24 AM.  In a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes through Earth's shadow.  It does not disappear, but instead it darkens and reddens.  The bright star near the Moon that night is Spica, the brightest star in Virgo.  Bright Mars shines to the west of the Moon and Saturn will be to the east.