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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is offering two special experiences in May for UNC Health providers, biomedical researchers, families, and friends.

When the team at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center began planning for the 2021 North Carolina Science Festival, their statewide celebration of science, they could not help but think of a way to celebrate the healthcare providers at UNC Health and biomedical researchers at the UNC School of Medicine dedicated to fighting COVID-19. They wanted to recognize all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice our co-workers have made over the last year. In celebration, they are offering two special experiences for you, your families, and friends.

Please join them for complimentary test screenings of their new full dome show, Atlas of a Changing Earth. The show tells the story of how a revolution in one of the most basic of all human enterprises – the making of maps – is shedding new light on our planet’s evolution in the wake of rising global temperatures. Viewers will learn more about the dynamic processes that cause melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica and explore how rising seas could threaten coastlines and communities all over the world. After the show, they will gather feedback with a brief written survey. The show and the survey will take no more than 50 minutes total.

Afterwards, all guests are invited to explore the newly renovated Morehead and experience a live science demonstration on our Science Stage.

Although this event is open to all ages, we are specifically looking for children that fall between ages 11 and 14.

Participant Benefits:

  • Provide valuable feedback on a new full dome show that will be distributed worldwide
  • Complimentary admission to the newly renovated Morehead
  • Swag bag featuring goodies from Morehead and NCSciFest
  • Receive a 10% discount on all gift shop items you purchase on the day of the screening
  • Get the first look at Morehead’s new Hidden No More exhibit
  • Receive a 25% off coupon for a future visit

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a total of 80 tickets available, split between two separate screening dates: Thursday, May 6 and Sunday, May 16.

Masks are required for all guests and our staff. We also have several other protocols in place at this time due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Please review them in detail before reserving tickets. Families that need special accommodations may reserve your tickets online, then call (919-962-1936) or email our Reservations Manager.

Tickets may be reserved using these links:

  • May 6 – Registration deadline is April 30, 2021
  • May 16 – Registration deadline is May 7, 2021

Please also check out the calendar for other NC Science Festival events in which you might like to participate. There are many free, virtual, safely-distanced events locally and all over the state that everyone is welcome to attend.