Morehead Planetarium

Local nameMorehead Planetarium
LocationChapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is one of the oldest and largest planetariums in the United States having welcomed more than 7 million visitors by its 60th anniversary in 2009. As a unit of the university, Morehead receives about one-third of its funding through state sources, one-third through ticket and gift sales, and one-third through gifts and grants.

First opened in 1949, the planetarium was used to train Gemini and Apollo program astronauts in celestial navigation. Until the late 1990s, it contained one of the largest working Copernican orreries in the world. The facility was donated to the university by alumnus John Motley Morehead III who invested more than $3 million in the facility.

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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morehead_Planetarium_and_Science_Center

Official Website http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/

Email mhplanet@unc.edu

Phone +1 919 962 1236

Address 250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Coordinates 35°54'50.069" N -79°3'1.845" E

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