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 Public Shows
2016 Schedule Through February 27
Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies
Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
Planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
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 email@example.com.
Early morning is an exciting time for sky watchers for the beginning of 2016. All five visible planets appear in the morning sky from about January 20 – February 20, 2016, a phenomenon that last happened in 2005. The planets appear in a line from south to southeast. Bright Jupiter is highest, then red Mars, then Saturn, and then lower in the east is Venus (the brightest of the five) and finally Mercury. The waning Moon joins the show from February 27 until February 6.
Comet Catalina also graces the morning sky before dawn. The comet can possibly be seen without any optical aid, but comets are notoriously unreliable in brightness. Using binoculars will help enormously. You can use the Big Dipper to help locate Comet Catalina in January. Locate the Big Dipper and use the bend in the handle to “arc to Arcturus,” following the bend made by connecting stars and extending it to bright orange star Arcturus. The comet is located at Arcturus on January 1 and moves slightly closer to Alkaid, the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle, each night until passing it by on January 15.