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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Starstruck

Discover the wonders of our star, the Sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but it is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.

Max Goes to the Moon

Based on award-winning children's book of the same name by astronomer Dr. Jeff Bennett, Max Goes to the Moon is an animated, educational children's story. Max (the dog) and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era.

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.


2015 Schedule Through August 15

Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Sunstruck

Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies

Saturday at 11 am and Tuesday - Friday at noon Children's Show: Max Goes to the Moon

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 and Jupiter are the two brightest star-like objects in the sky.  In the month of June, Venus is the lower of the two.  Venus is the closest object to Earth after the Moon and it is covered with bright clouds, so it is brighter than any star.  A telescope (or binoculars with steady hands and keen eyesight) will reveal that Venus is only half-lit and shows phases just like our Moon does.  Jupiter, although dimmer than Venus, is brighter than the stars and it has a yellowish color.  The two planets appear to be slowly moving together as they approach conjunction at the end of June.

Saturn is visible all night long.  It is not as big as Jupiter and is twice as far away from us, so it isn't nearly as bright.  However, Saturn this month is the brightest that it has been in nearly six years.  That is due to the rings being tilted at their maximum angle.


Education Standards for Planetarium Programs