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Morehead educators have carefully studied the North Carolina Essential Standards. Our educators have also reviewed all of our programming to identify the best correlations between our shows and your curriculum. Based on this review, we are pleased to make the following recommendations.

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Best Choice Fulldome Planetarium Show

All of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s planetarium shows are now presented in stunning high-definition fulldome digital video in the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater. If you see only one fulldome planetarium show during your visit, we recommend seeing the “best choice” show. The “best choice” show most closely aligns with your grade level’s curriculum objectives.

Solar System Odyssey Curriculum Guide NC Essential Standards

What conditions are needed for a planet or moon to sustain life? How are the worlds of our solar system different from or similar to each other? In this new, character-driven adventure set in the future, a business tycoon sends our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home for humans to colonize. This lively Morehead-produced fulldome digital adventure transports audiences on an exciting exploration though our cosmic neighborhood, including the icy rings of Saturn, Jupiter’s volcano-ridden moon Io, and the sub-zero methane lakes of Titan. Join us for a wild ride through our Solar System! Pairs well with the Discovery Class Solar Systematics.

Additional Great Fulldome Planetarium Show Choices

These shows are also appropriate for your grade level and complement the “best choice” show.

Dynamic Earth NC Essential Standards

Ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, swim alongside sharks and whales and fly into a volcano! Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun. Produced by Spitz Creative Media in association with the National Center of Supercomputing Applications, Thomas Lucas Productions, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System Educator Resources NC Essential Standards

Experience weather extremes in space as never before. Fly through the dense atmosphere on Venus, methane storms on Titan and centuries-old anti-cyclones on Jupiter. We’ll explore the Solar System alongside our specially designed imaginary spacecraft, so sophisticated that it can take us into the fiercest of planetary cauldrons - bringing us up close with the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the Solar System. With lightning 10,000 times stronger than on Earth, winds of 1,200 miles per hour, and dust storms five miles high that could engulf entire planets, audiences will be glad they live on Earth! Produced by National Geographic. Pairs well with Solar Systematics.

Carolina Skies: Middle and High School NC Essential Standards

Explore the mysteries of the heavens, including seasonal bright stars, constellations, planets, the Moon and the Milky Way in this live, presenter-led fulldome digital night sky tour. Students will experience how the motions of Earth and the celestial bodies change what we see in the sky. The new fulldome digital system can also “transport” students off Earth to investigate the Solar System and beyond. Pairs well with the Discovery Class Built to Tilt.

Galileo: The Power of the Telescope NC Essential Standards

Four centuries ago, Galileo Galilei sparked a revolution by making observations of the night sky and performing groundbreaking experiments in gravity and motion. Using the telescope – a new invention from a Dutch eyeglass maker – he discovered mountains and craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and moons in orbit around Jupiter. The revolution started by Galileo continues today in the form of advanced scientific methods and astronomical telescopes that peer into the very edges of space and time. Join us for a look into the life of a scientific and historical giant, as well as the optical marvels that continue to open new vistas on our universe. Produced by Soref Planetarium. Pairs well with the Science LIVE! program Magnificent Matter.

Science LIVE! Programs

Morehead educators present Science LIVE! on the Science Stage and, with advance notice, will tailor presentations to match your group’s grade level and curriculum.

Phenomenal Physics NC Essential Standards

Dramatic demonstrations and interactive experiments play a starring role as we discover the physics of our everyday world. How can a glass of water be turned upside down without the water falling out? Can the human body be used to make an electrical circuit? Audience participation is encouraged as we experiment with forces, motion and electromagnetism. A field trip favorite!

Magnificent Matter NC Essential Standards

Can a liquid be ripped in half? How are fireworks of differing colors made? Strange things can happen in this live presentation as we heat, cool, stretch and mix certain materials and chemicals to discover their properties. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Audience participation is encouraged.

Discovery Classes

Discovery Classes are hands-on, minds-on and designed specifically for your students. These programs add an exciting dimension to your visit.

Built to Tilt NC Essential Standards

Why does Fall fall where it does? Why is it always followed by Winter? In this class we break misconceptions about why seasons happen on Earth, and use sensors and solar panels to test why our tilt makes all the difference. Students take these energy concepts to the next level by racing solar cars outside on their own racetrack. This class will teach students science essential standards through hands-on experimentation, and have them racing with the Sun!

Solar Systematics NC Essential Standards

What does our Solar System really look like? How do we know? In this hands-on adventure, students become NASA engineers as they design, build and test interplanetary landers that are needed to explore rocky worlds like Mars. Then they jump on board NASA’s Kepler Mission to learn about what it takes to be a planet hunter.

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