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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Exoplanets
Learn about planets beyond our Solar System and the techniques astronomers use to find them.
 
Season of Light
This special holiday presentation explores the traditions surrounding the Christmas season and the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem.
 
Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky
Big Bird, Elmo, and a friend from China learn about constellations and visit the Moon.  Recommended for children ages 3 - 6 and the families that love them.
 
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

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Exoplanets, through December 3
 
Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Season of Light, December 6 - December 27

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am: 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 scheduler@chmuseums.org.


Astronomy Events

Venus is slowly climbing higher in the southwestern sky.  It sets between 2 and 3 hours after sunset this month.

Mars continues to move eastward during the month of November, passing across Sagittarius and into Capricornus.  It becomes a bit dimmer each night, but remains a ruddy, rusty red.

Jupiter is the only planet visible at dawn, rising by 3 am by the end of November.

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaks on the night of November 17 to the morning of Novmber 18.  It won't be at its best this year, as the bright waning gibbous Moon will overwhelm the light of all but the brightest meteors.

We hear about "supermoons" often lately in the popular media and most of those moons aren't super at all.  But the full moon of November 13/14 will be the closest and biggest Moon since 1948.  That said, it won't be more than about 10% larger or brighter than the full moon usually is.

Education Standards for Planetarium Programs