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 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 Moon will be new on November 22.  Look for Mars in the evening dusk, low in the southwest near the waxing crescent Moon on Nobmeber 24, 25, and 26.  Mars sets 3 hours after the Sun during November.

Venus can be found close to the setting Sun through November, but will be higher in the western evening sky and easier to spot in December.

NASA is building a human space exploration system that will provide an entirely new capability to launch crew and cargo missions, extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration throughout our solar system.  The Orion spacecraft is a key component of this plan and Orion’s first mission – an unmanned test flight – will take place on December 4, 2014.  Orion will lift off from Cape Canaveral, travel a total distance of 60,000 miles in two orbits around Earth, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean.  The Museum of York County is hosting an Orion Splash Bash on December 4 from 10:30 – 12:30, where you can see taped footage of the launch and live coverage of the splash down.  There will also be giveaways and activities.