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!
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System. Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.
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 March 20
Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 p.m.: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies
Saturday at 11 a.m. Children's Show: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
Special school holiday programs may be offered.
- 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 – 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 email@example.com.
Look for bright Jupiter shining high in the southeastern sky during the evening hours. A small telescope will provide an even better view.
Mars rises in the east late in the evening and will be visible before midnight. The Red Planet climbs higher in the sky throughout the night.
Winter holds more bright stars than any other season of the year. Orion, the Hunter, dominates the winter sky. Look for the three stars in a line that make up Orion’s belt as well as bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse at one of his shoulders and bright blue-white Rigel at his foot.