Planetarium

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

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From Earth to the Universe
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people.  Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos.  Learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes.



Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
A lighthearted look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.


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 February 27

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: From Earth to the Universe

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
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

Early morning is an exciting time for sky watchers for the beginning of 2016.  All five visible planets appear in the morning sky from about January 20 – February 20, 2016, a phenomenon that last happened in 2005.  The planets appear in a line from south to southeast.   Bright Jupiter is highest, then red Mars, then Saturn, and then lower in the east is Venus (the brightest of the five) and finally Mercury.  The waning Moon joins the show from February 27 until February 6.

Comet Catalina also graces the morning sky before dawn.  The comet can possibly be seen without any optical aid, but comets are notoriously unreliable in brightness.  Using binoculars will help enormously.  You can use the Big Dipper to help locate Comet Catalina in January.  Locate the Big Dipper and use the bend in the handle to “arc to Arcturus,” following the bend made by connecting stars and extending it to bright orange star Arcturus.  The comet is located at Arcturus on January 1 and moves slightly closer to Alkaid, the end star of the Big Dipper’s handle, each night until passing it by on January 15.

Education Standards for Planetarium Programs