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 Public Shows
Travel to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet and examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there. See how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our Solar System.
Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky
Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the north Star and the Sun. They take a trip to the Moon and see how it’s different from Earth.
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.
2015 Schedule Through June 12
Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Ice Worlds
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 email@example.com.
There is a total lunar eclipse on the morning of Saturday, April 4. Here in the Carolinas, only a partial eclipse will be visible, since the Moon will set before totality. The partial eclipse begins at 6:15 am EDT and is at a maximum as the Moon sets, at 7:04 am EDT. We will, however, be able to observe all of the next total lunar eclipse, on September 28, 2015.
The annual Lyrid Meteor Shower peeks on the night of April 22-23 this year, with meteors visible from April 16-25. Meteor showers are almost always best seen after midnight.This is especially true for the Lyrids, as the bright first quarter moon will not have set until then.
Jupiter remains high in the evening sky during the month of April. It lies at the heart of the constellation of Cancer the Crab. Near bright Jupiter you might be able to make out the much fainter Beehive Cluster as a barely visible fuzzy patch. If you look at the Beehive Cluster through binoculars, you can see that it is really a cluster of stars.