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 June 7 - August 16

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

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

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

(Weekday schedule is subject to change - call the Museum for show times)

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!

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

The Moon and bright planet Mars pass within 2 degrees of each other on the evening of June 7.  Look for both objects high in the eastern sky just after sunset.  The pair remains  visible, drifting slowly toward the west, for about 6 hours after sunset.
The June Solstice, aka the first day of summer, occurs on June 21.  On this day, Earth’s North Pole is tilted as much toward the Sun as it can be.
The Full Moon of August , on the evening of August 10, is the largest and closest full moon of the year, an event that has come to be known as a supermoon.  In reality, the Moon is so close to normal brightness and size that people cannot tell the difference without special equipment.
The early morning hours of August 13 brings the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.  The waning gibbous moon will block out some of the meteors this year, but if the sky is clear, you should still see the brighter ones.  The best viewing is typically from a dark sky site after midnight.