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.
 
Flight Adventures
Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this show about the science of aeronautics.
 
Season of Light
This special holiday presentation explores the traditions surrounding the Christmas season and the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. 
 
In My Backyard
 Children's entertainer Fred Penner narrates and sings for this lively journey into his backyard, where we discover all sorts of things - colors of the rainbow, bugs and spiders, the different seasons, the planets, the moon, and the stars in the nighttime sky.This show is aimed at children ages 3-6.
  
Schedule
 Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
  
Tuesday-Friday:
3:30 PM: Season of Light (through December 29)
 
Every Saturday and public school holidays:
11:00 AM: Flight Adventures (Saturdays through December 29)
In My Backyard (December 26, 27, and 28)
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies (Saturdays)
3:30 PM: Season of Light(through December 29)

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

Comet 46P/Wirtenanen started to brighten last month, but it will be at its brightest December 16, when it will be only 7.2 million miles away. The brightness of comets is unreliable, but this comet is predicted to be the brightest one as seen from Earth in over 20 years.

 New Horizons, the mission that went to Pluto, is about to reach its next target, the small body 2015 MU-69, nicknamed Ultima Thule. New Horizons will fly by Ultima Thule on January 1, 2019.  The New Horizons spacecraft is healthy and is now beginning its final approach to explore Ultima Thule — our first Kuiper Belt object (KBO) flyby target — about a billion miles beyond Pluto. And on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, New Horizons will swoop three times closer to "Ultima" than we flew past Pluto three years ago! Ultima is 100 times smaller than Pluto, but its scientific value is incalculable. From everything we know, it was formed 4.5 or 4.6 billion years ago, 4 billion miles from the Sun. It's been stored at that enormous distance from the Sun, at a temperature of nearly absolute zero, ever since.

Viewers in North and South America, as well as those in western parts of Europe and Africa, will be able to watch one of the sky's most dazzling shows on Jan. 21-22, 2019, when the Sun, Earth and Moon align, creating a total lunar eclipse.  Here in the Carolinas it will be in the wee hours of the morning of January 22, 2019 at 12:12 am EST.

Africa the Serengeti - December 15 at 1:00 PM Enjoy this special planetarium show about the Great African Wildebeest Migration, narrated by James Earl Jones, as part of Wild Wonder Saturdays: African Safari Day.