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

 

To Space & Back
Explore the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program in this planetarium show.  From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible.  Narrated by Top Gear's James May.  To Space & Back is made possible through the generous support of Comporium, The Humanities Council SC and the Westinghouse Foundation.

 

Moles: What is Out There?
Plato, a young mole, lives with his parents deep underground in a dark burrow full of mystery and surprises.  Plato discovers day and night, the Sun, the Moon and the stars.  Recommended for ages 3-6.  Moles:What is Out There? is funded by the Guild of the Museum of York County.

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 September 30

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: To Space & Back

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Moles: What is Out There?

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!

Show schedules are subject to change without notice.

 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


Venus and Jupiter come together in the early morning sky just before dawn on August 18th.  After the Sun and Moon, Venus and Jupiter are the two brightest objects in the sky.  On the morning of the 18th, you will be able to cover both of them with your outstretched pinky finger.  Over the next few mornings, they separate, but on August 23rd they will be joined by a slender crescent Moon.

NASA invites the general public to submit their names to be etched on a microchip aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016. The “Message to Bennu!” microchip will travel aboard the mission, which will spend more than two years at the asteroid, collecting a sample of Bennu’s surface and returning it to Earth in a sample return capsule. For more information and to submit your name, visit http://bit.ly/1hOCTRd. Submissions are due September 30.