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

Click here for available school 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.

Celestial Shorts

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.

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 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 scheduler@chmuseums.org.


Astronomy Events

Venus remains in the evening sky during February, shining brightly in the west southwest after sunset.  Mars is much dimmer, but close by.  The two planets pass within 1/2 of a degree of each other on February 21, then Venus will be the higher of the two.  Be sure to check them out during the evenings of February 20 and 21, when they are joined by a thin crescent Moon.  Jupiter is in the opposite direction, the east, during Febuary and early March evenings.  It climbs higher in the sky as the night progresses and makes its way toward the west, setting just before dawn.

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.