Planetarium

Settlemyre is one of only two totally digital, full-dome theaters 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

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Dinosaur Discovery
Long before dinosaurs' massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared.  Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs.
 

Chasing the Ghost Particle
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes.
 
Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Did a space rock 6 miles wide slam into Earth and cause the extinction of 75% of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs?  Cosmic collisions are abundant in our solar system.  Explore the dinosaur disaster up close.

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.

2016 Schedule through July 22

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Chasing the Ghost Particle

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am and Tuesday - Friday at noon: Dinosaur Discovery

Sunday & Monday: Closed

 

2016 Schedule July 23 through August 12

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Dinosaur Discovery

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am and Tuesday - Friday at noon: Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

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 scheduler@chmuseums.org.


Astronomy Events

 Mars shines brightly in the constellation of Libra, the Scales. Jupiter is also brighter than any of the nighttime stars and is visible in the evening sky in July. Jupiter is in the constellation of Leo the Lion for the next few months.  The bright star located to the right (west) of Jupiter is Leo's brightest star, Regulus.  Between Jupiter and Mars, you may also be able to make out the bright star Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

Education Standards for Planetarium Programs