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! The Settlemyre Planetarium is currently closed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming 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.

Big Astronomy

It takes a team of people with diverse backgrounds, talents and skills, working under unique sky conditions, to make a world-class observatory succeed. Big Astronomy will introduce you to cutting-edge telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and to the people who make sure these instruments operate day and night, unlocking the secrets of the universe.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System.  

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

Tuesday-Friday:

3:30 PM: Big Astronomy

Every Saturday and public school holidays:

11:00 AM: Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies (Saturdays only)
3:30 PM: Big Astronomy

Sunday & Monday: Closed

 
** Show schedules are subject to change without notice. 
 

Carolina Skygazers Astronomy Club Meeting

  • The Carolina Skygazers are not holding meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check back on this website when meetings resume.
  • Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every 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

Look to the east at sunrise to see brilliant Venus, which will be visible until the end of the year. Venus will appear exceedingly close to the bluish-white star Regulus on October 2.

Reddish Mars is in the sky for the rest of 2020, becoming brighter and rising earlier from now until October 13, when it will be at its closest to Earth. On that morning it will be a mere 38.57 million miles away.

Jupiter and Saturn, like Mars, are in the sky for the remainder of 2020, rising earlier each night. The two planets will have  Ju an incredibly close conjunction with each other on December 21.