Planetarium

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


Current Public Shows

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Totality
This show is all about eclipses. Learn why they occur and what happens when they do. Look back to discover how eclipses proved Einstein's Theory of Relativity and forward to find out when and where to see the upcoming total eclipse of the Sun.
 
The Accidental Astronauts
Follow the adventures of Sy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.
 
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.

Schedule

 
Tuesday-Saturday at 3:30 pm: Totality, April 11-August 19

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am: The Accidental Astronauts, with additional shows on public school holidays.


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 Skygazers Astronomy Club Meeting
  • Second Tuesday of Each Month (except December) at 7:30 pm

  • Exhibits are closed

  • Free to members and prospective members of the Carolina Skygazers


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


Astronomy Events

Venus is slowly rising in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise. It is the third brightest object in the sky, only dimmer than the Sun and Moon, and it is the last star-like object visible before sunrise. It is particularly bright this month, as it is closest to Earth in its orbit around the Sun.

Mars will soon be too cluse to the direction of the Sun to see.

Jupiter is the second brightest planet after Venus.  It is visible in the eastern sky in the evening twilight.  Jupiter is high in the sky throughout most of the night, setting soon before dawn. Jupiter is in the constellation of Virgo and that bright star nearby is Virgo's brightest star, Spica.

Saturn rises about 11 pm this month and, while dimmer than Jupiter, shines brightly among the surrounding stars.

 

Education Standards for Planetarium Programs