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 Public Shows

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Sunstruck
Discover the wonders of our star, the Sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but it is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.
Max Goes to the Moon
Based on award-winning children's book of the same name by astronomer Dr. Jeff Bennett, Max Goes to the Moon is an animated, educational children's story. Max (the dog) and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era.
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.

2015 Schedule Through September 27

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Sunstruck

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Max Goes to the Moon
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

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is scheduled to peak before dawn on the morning of August 13.  The Perseids are one of the major showers each year.  This year, the Moon is new and will not add any interfering light.  If there are no clouds that morning and your sky is reasonably dark, you should expect to see at least a few streaks of light.  Even though the peak is on the night of August 12/13, there are always some meteors visible for a few nights before and afterwards.

Let’s get ready to rumble!  NASA is conducting a series of tests for its RS-25 engine – part of the rocket that hopefully will eventually take humans to Mars.  The next test is at Stennis Space Center at 4:30 PM on August 13.  There will be  550 seconds of shaking and rumbling as the engine is fired and tested.  The test will be carried live on NASA-TV (www.nasa.gov/ntv) beginning at 4:00 PM.

There will be a total lunar eclipse on the night of September 27/28, 2015.  As the full moon passes through the shadow of Earth, it dims noticeably and often turns reddish in color.  In recent years, some sensationalists have begun to call the totally eclipsed moon a “blood moon.”  For us here in the Carolina Piedmont, the show begins at 9:07 PM and the Moon is totally covered by Earth’s shadow from 10:11 – 11:23 PM.  You might wonder why this particular eclipse is called The September 28 Total Lunar Eclipse when it occurs one day earlier, on the 27th.  It is because it is already the next morning in the United Kingdom, where Greenwich Mean Time is also known as Universal Time.  But don’t you wait until September 28, or you will miss it!

Education Standards for Planetarium Programs