Planetarium

Settlemyre is a totally digital, full-dome theater 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

Click here for available school shows

 
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.
Red Planet Rising
Red Planet Rising explores Mars and mankind's fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for mankind in the future. The program is produced by Planet of Mystery productions, located in Gastonia, NC. The Settlemyre Planetarium is proud to be the first venue to present this production.
 
In My Backyard
Children's entertainer Fred Penner narrates and sings for this lively journey into his backyard, where we discover all sorts of things - colors of the rainbow, bugs and spiders, the different seasons, the planets, the Moon, and the stars in the nighttime sky.
 

Schedule
 
Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
  
Tuesday-Friday at 3:30 PM:
Red Planet Rising (world premiere!) through March 31
Weather: Wonders & Mysteries Revealed, begins April 2
 
Every Saturday:
11:00 AM: Children's Planetarium Show:
In My Backyard
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies
3:30 PM: Red Planet Rising

Sunday & Monday: Closed
 
 
** 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

Can the Moon be super, red, and blue all in one night? On January 31, there will be a lunar eclipse, giving the Moon a reddish color. It is also a “blue moon,” the second full moon of January, although the Moon doesn’t actually turn blue. The last time a total lunar eclipse happened during a blue moon was way back in 1866! Finally, the full moon is closer to Earth than usual, making it slightly bigger and brighter, a so-called super moon. Here in the Carolinas, we won’t see all of the show. The lunar eclipse begins at 6:48 AM and the Moon sets soon afterwards. Remember to look to the west on the MORNING of January 31.

Friday, February 23, 7 – 9 pm

Observing with a Mid-Sized Telescope: Tips and Tricks

  • This talk is aimed at telescope users with telescopes with apertures between 4 and 8 inches.
  • John A. Read, author of 50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope will highlight the best objects visible for mid-sized telescopes in Carolina skies.
  • If you know how to find a few objects in the night sky, but are looking to get the best out of your telescope, this talk is for you.
  • Dessert reception to follow program.
  • Carolina Skygazers and CHM members are free (program and reception only). You must register in advance by calling 803.981.9182 by February 9.
  • All others are $20 per person to include 50 Targets for the Mid-Sized Telescope book, program and reception; or $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Students for program and reception only.
  • Thanks to the Allstate Foundation for their generous support of this program.

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 – 4:30

Telescope Clinic

  • Bring your telescope (of any size) and we’ll show you how to use it! Using a telescope seems simple, but sometimes the view is a little blurry or you want to know what those extra knobs or levers do.
  • At this telescope clinic, John A Read (author of Fifty Things to See with a Small Telescope) and members of the Carolina Skygazers amateur astronomy club will provide personalized, individual attention to help you get the most from your telescope. We are happy to discuss accessories or anything else to make observing more enjoyable.
  • John Read’s books will be available in the Museum Store for purchase.
  • Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children, free for CHM members); requires pre-registration at 803.909.7203 or cholmberg@chmuseums.org so we can best meet your needs.
  • Thanks to the Allstate Foundation for their generous support of this program.

Saturday, February 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

50 Things to See with a Telescope

  • This family-friendly talk is aimed at new (or prospective) telescope users with little knowledge of the night sky. John A. Read, author of Fifty Things to See with a Small Telescope and Fifty Things to See with a Small Telescope Kids will highlight the must-see objects visible in Carolina Skies.
  • If you are too intimidated to use your small telescope or are having difficulties finding interesting objects, this talk is for you. Find out why John’s book is listed as the #1 Bestseller in Star-Gazing by Amazon.com.
  • Copies of his book, Fifty Things to See with a Small Telescope, are included with admission ticket. Extra copies of several of his books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Book-signing and dessert reception to follow.
  • CHM Members and Carolina Skygazers: $20 per family includes one copy of Fifty Things to See with a Small Telescope; additional guests $5 per person for program only.
  • Non-Members: $30 per family (up to four people) includes one copy of Fifty Things to see with a Small Telescope; additional guests $5 per person for program only. 
  • Limited to 15 families.
  • Registration required. Call 803.981.9182 to reserve your spot.
  • Thanks to the Allstate Foundation for their generous support of this program.