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 and Upcoming 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.

We Are Stars!

We follow a group of Victorian time travelers as they learn about the origins of atoms. We witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang and then watch how those hydrogen atoms gather into galaxies and stars. We learn how the stars forged all the atoms needed to make life.

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.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System.  

Schedule
 Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
  

Tuesday-Friday:

3:30 PM: We Are Stars! (through May 1)

Every Saturday and public school holidays:

11:00 AM: Dinosaur Discovery (through April 4)

11:00 AM: Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (April 11 - May 30)

2:00 PM: Carolina Skies (Saturdays only)

3:30 PM: We Are Stars! through May 1)

 

Sunday & Monday: Closed

 
** Show schedules are subject to change without notice. 
 

Carolina Skygazers Astronomy Club Meeting

  • Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every 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

The stars of winter, such as those in the constellation of Orion, rare now visible in the evening sky.  Look for Sirius, the brighest star in the night time sky, by following Orion's belt down to the left.

Mars is in the eastern sky at dawn  Mars slowly brightens throughout the year on its way to a splendid opposition in October 2020.

Look to the west at sunset and you can’t miss the planet Venus. Well above the horizon, and getting higher each day, the planet sets more than 3.5 hours after the Sun in  March. Venus, already very bright, continues to brighten and grow in size. In a telescope, the disk of the planet is in a gibbous phase, nearing third quarter, all month.  On the evenings of April 2 and 3, bright Venus will be on the edge of the Pleiades star cluster, and nearly overwhelm the naked-eye view of the Pleiades.

 Look for Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the eastern sky before dawn.  The Moon passes less than one degree south of Mars early in the morning of March 18. A close approach of two sky objects is technically called an appulse.  From York County, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 4:14 in the morning and reaching an altitude of 25° in the southeast before fading from view as dawn breaks some 3 hours later. Mars continues to delight morning sky watchers for the rest of March, as it passes close to bright Jupiter on March 20 and to Saturn on March 31.