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

 

Dinosaur Discovery
Everyone knows the tale of the sudden and dramatic death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  But did you know that numerous species of dinosaurs lived, and disappeared, long before the cataclysmic disaster at the end of the Cretaceous period?  Journey with us to four different dinosaur digs around the world as we explore how these amazing creatures lived and died in this educational planetarium presentation.

 

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky
Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Sun.  Take a trip to the Moon and see how it's different from Earth.  This show is designed for children ages 4-7.

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 November 30

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Dinosaur Discovery

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

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 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 early morning of October 8, 2014 marks the Hunter’s Moon, the first full Moon of autumnThis year, it is also a total lunar eclipse, visible for most of North America.  Here in York County, the eclipse begins at 4:15 am and continues through 7:30 am, as the Moon sets.  Totality doesn’t begin until 5:25 am and ends at 6:24 am.

If you happen to be on the planet Mars on October 19, it will be a very exciting evening, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will pass within 132,000 km of the Red Planet.  For the rest of us, here on Earth, you will need good binoculars or a low-power telescope to see the comet, which will appear in the same field of view as Mars.

The annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of October 21/morning of October 22.  Even though it isn’t usually the most prolific of showers, this year  the nearly new Moon will give minimal interference.  The Orionids occur when Earth passes through the debris-strewn path of Comet Halley. These meteors seem to originate from a point in Orion near the border of Gemini and are best seen after midnight.