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

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.
Einstein's Gravity Playlist
this program tells the story of Einstein’s theory of relativity and the recently discovered gravitational waves. The show helps audiences visualize what happens when stars explode in supernovae, black holes collide and neutron stars merge, as well as the vibrations of space and time. 
Flight Adventures
Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this show about the science of aeronautics.
The Halloween Show
 A friend shows Holly, a student witch, how to use the stars to find her way around the night sky. The history and traditions of Halloween are presented in a fun, non-scary style. 
 
Schedule
 
Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
  
Tuesday-Friday:
3:30 PM: Einstein's Gravity Playlist (through November 30)
 
Every Saturday:
11:00 AM: Flight Adventures (through September 29)
The Halloween Show (October 6 - 20)
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies
3:30 PM: Einstein's Gravity Playlist (through November 24)

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

Four planets, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, shine brightly among the stars in the evening sky. Venus is the bright object lowe in the west. Using binoculars, you should be able to make out that Venus is not round, but shows phases just like the Moon does! Jupiter is high in the south after dusk. Saturn, twice as far away as Jupiter and not as big, also shines to the east of Jupiter, brighter than any of the stars in that area of the sky, but not as bright as Jupiter.

Mars is very bright and noticebly pink in color. It is now brighter than Sirius, the brightest of the nighttime stars, but has reached its brightest and fades a little each night.

On Saturday September 22, there will be two special live planetarium shows "Automn Equinox" shown at noon and 1 PM.

On Saturday October 20, between noon - 2 PM, there will be activities in our classroom highlighting National Chemistry Week. This year's theme is "Chemistry is Out of this World!"

Saturday October 27 brings our annual Spooky Science Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM. Be prepared to face your fears throughout the museum, including in the Settlemyre Planetarium