Morehead Planetarium of UNC presents a FREE skywatching session every month (roughly), weather permitting, usually at Jordan Lake, but sometimes at other sites around the region. The time varies according to the season, but each session is scheduled for two hours.
Most skywatching sessions are at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, part of Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. This site has restrooms, a picnic shelter and a sandy beach area. You’ll find the telescopes at the far (west) end of the parking lot. Click here for directions for Ebenezer Church Recreation Area.
Occasionally, Morehead hosts skywatching sessions at other sites. Skywatching sessions are scheduled several times each year at Little River Regional Park, off Guess Road at the Durham/Orange county border. Click here for directions to Little River Regional Park.
If it’s cloudy the session will be canceled. To see any cancellation notices, check Morehead’s Twitter and Facebook news feeds. You can also call Morehead Guest Relations at 919-962-1236 to check on the status of any skywatching session.
- Peek through telescopes for up-close views of celestial objects
- Take a laser-guided “star tour” of the night sky
- Learn where to look for major constellations
- Listen to legends told by ancient cultures about the constellations
- Ask the astronomers for answers to all the astronomy questions you have
Skywatching at Dorothea Dix Park
Morehead Planetarium is partnering with Dorothea Dix Park for another skywatching session. Registration Required.
Saturday, June 15th (rescheduled from June 2nd, which was rescheduled from April 7th) 2018
Skywatching at Jordan Lake
Annual viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower. This is the most popular skywatching event. Please carpool.
Aug 12 2018 –
9:00pm to 11:00pm