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
Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum
Discover the many reasons for color - like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a black hole and then back to your doctor's office. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light.
A variety of short planetarium shows, each 4-10 minutes long, about the Sun, Moon, and stars, including the brand-new short New Horizons for a Little Planet, a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2015.
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 March 28
Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 pm: Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum
Saturday at 2 p.m.: Carolina Skies
Saturday at 11 am Children's Show: Celestial Shorts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January, if you look to the southwest near the horizon shortly after dark, you may be able to see Mercury. Because it is the planet closest to the Sun,Mercury never appears very far from it and can only be seen shortly after sunset or soon before sunrise. Venus is also in the evening sky, much brighter, slightly higher, and to the left of Mercury. Mars is in the evening sky too, above and to the left of Venus. Mars isn’t as bright as Venus, but has a definite rusty orange color. To see Jupiter, you will need to wait until after 9 pm when it appears in the east. The later into the night you wait, the higher it will be.
The bright stars of winter twinkle beautifully in the night sky right now. Look for Orion, with the three stars in a row for his belt, and you can locate other stars and constellations from there. Follow the belt stars down and to the left to find bright Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major, the Large Dog. Follow the belt stars up and to the right for the V-shape of the face of Taurus the Bull and the Pleiades, a star cluster that sits on the shoulder of the Bull.