Morehead Planetarium of UNC presents a FREE skywatching session every month (roughly), weather permitting, at various locations around the region. The time varies according to the season, but each session is scheduled for two hours.
Some 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 sometimes scheduled several times 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
Geminid Meteor Shower
Friday, December 13th, 2019
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
West Point on the Eno
5101 N Roxboro Street, Durham
The Geminid Meteor Shower is the most prolific meteor shower of the year with up to 120 meteors per hour. Join Morehead Planetarium the evening of Friday, December 13th in the meadow at the West Point on the Eno Environmental Education Pavilion and watch the spectacle. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while lying on a blanket under the stars. No cost, no preregistration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy meteor shower viewing and educational activities.
- 10 p.m. -2 a.m. Watch the Geminids with a cup of hot chocolate at their peak.
This event is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation in coordination with the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.