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 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.

 The Sun: Our Living Star

 Discovery the secrets of our star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface.

The Planets

We take a tour of the planets of our Solar System to learn what is currently known about them. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Janeway of the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

The Accidental Astronauts

Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking spaceship computer. See an asteroid crash into the Moon. Bounce on the lunar surface and gain a new appreciation of our home planet.

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

Tuesday-Friday:

3:30 PM: The Sun: Our living Star (through April 27)

3:30 PM: The Planets (April 30 - June 4)

 

Every Saturday and public school holidays:

The Accidental Astronauts (April 20 -June 1)

2:00 PM: Carolina Skies (Saturdays)

3:30 PM: The Sun: Our Living Star (through April 27)

The Planets (May 4 - June 1)

 

Sunday & Monday: Closed

 
** 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

If you’re up during the predawn hours, you might notice a bright ruddy star in the vicinity of bright Jupiter. That’s Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Although Jupiter shines in the vicinity of Antares all year long, Jupiter can be seen to wander relative to this “fixed” star. Jupiter travels eastward, away from Antares, until April 10. Then, for a period of four months (April 10 to August 11), Jupiter actually moves in retrograde (or westward), closing the gap between itself and the Antares. Midway through this retrograde, Jupiter reaches opposition on June 10, to shine at its brilliant best for the year.       

Mars is now the only bright planet visible in the evening sky. Find it in the southwest after dusk. It sets by 11:30 pm

Saturday April 27, from 10am - 3pm, marks the Museum of York County's annual Earth Day Birthday.  The Settlemyre Planetarium will be having short free shows every half hour.