Settlemyre Planetarium

The Settlemyre Planetarium 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!

Current Public Shows  

Unveiling the Invisible Universe
In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Finally, in the 20th century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above Earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation which are the marks of the hot and violent Universe. But it is not only light that can give us information about the cosmos. Neutrinos, cosmic rays, and gravitational waves also provide vital information.

Carolina Skies  

A live seasonal program that explores and explains what is currently visible in our nighttime skies.  From planets to stars to constellations, visitors of all ages can learn how to identify features in our Carolina Skies.

Max Goes to the Moon
Max the dog and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era. Along the way, the story sets the stage for the more sophisticated science. Toward the end, Max and Tori’s trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that all the nations of the world come together to build a great Moon colony. 

 

Upcoming Public Shows 

Titans of the Ice Age at noon May 27 and 31 only (Friday and Tuesday)

 

Schedule

Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!
Sunday and Tuesday-Friday:
3:30 PM: Unveiling the Invisible Universe
Saturday:
11:00 AM: Max Goes to the Moon
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies 
3:30 PM: Unveiling the Invisible Universe
Monday: Closed
** Show schedules are subject to change without notice. 

If you would like to schedule a group for the planetarium, please contact 803.981.9182 or scheduler@chmuseums.org.

Astronomy Events 

Lunar Eclipse

There will be a total lunar eclipse visible in its entirety from South Carolina. In York County, SC the partial phase begins Sunday May 15 at 10:28 pm and ends on Monday May 16 at 1:55 am. You may hear it referred to as the May 16 Total Lunar Eclipse, but you need to go out the evening before to see it. The confusion comes in because the eclipse starts on May 16 in Greenwich, England.

Carolina Skygazers Astronomy Club Meeting
The Carolina Skygazers astronomy club meets the second Tuesday of every month, except December, at 7:30 pm. We would love to have you join us!

·The Museum doors open at 7 pm. Exhibits and all other spaces except for meeting areas are closed.

·Meetings of the Carolina Skygazers are always free for members and prospective members.

·For their latest news and events follow the Carolina Skygazers Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CSkygazers).

The bright planet Jupiter is visible low in the west in the evening sky and Venus is even brighter in the east in the morning. Binoculars and a steady hand (or a tripod) will let you see the 4 largest moons of Jupiter and the crescent shape of Venus.


Titans of the Ice Age

This program transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia 10 thousand years before modern civilization. Travel across monumental glaciers and sweeping grasslands, rich in life—a Northern Hemisphere whose vast plains resembled the African Serengeti. Learn about baby Lyuba, a 40,000 year old female Woolly Mammoth calf, now one of the best preserved mammoth mummies in the world. Discover the story of Zed, one of the most complete Colombian Mammoth skeletons ever uncovered.

 

Wilbear’s Adventure

All about a Teddy Bear who wants to fly! From the constellations to the story of the Wright Brothers, Wilbear learns about the sky and our endeavours to join the birds who fly in it. This show is recommended for children ages 3-6.

  

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.

 

Schedule

 Remember, ALL planetarium programs are FREE with museum admission!

Tuesday-Friday:

3:30 PM: Titans of the Ice Age

 

Saturday:

11:00 AM: Wilbear’s Adventure
2:00 PM: Carolina Skies
3:30 PM: Titans of the Ice Age

Sunday & Monday: Closed

 

** Show schedules are subject to change without notice. 

If you would like to schedule a group for the planetarium, please contact 803.981.9182 or scheduler@chmuseums.org.