The Chapel Hill Historical Society


From Astronomical Illiteracy to Science Festivals:

The Morehead Planetarium's History

and the Training of Astronauts

Presentation by Dr. Todd Boyette
Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:30-6:00 PM
Morehead Planetarium
250 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

"Cookie Time." Intrigued? Come join us for a talk by Dr. Todd Boyette, director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC - Chapel Hill. The Morehead Planetarium opened in 1949 as the first planetarium in the South. It has played a leading role in science education ever since. Hear what inspired John Motley Morehead to build a planetarium on UNC's campus and how the organization has continued to deliver on his promise ever since.

A lifelong educator, Dr. Boyette is just the fifth director in the Morehead's history. During his time at the Planetarium, Dr. Boyette has expanded outreach programming, spearheaded the transition from analog to digital fulldome planetarium technology, and launched the North Carolina Science Festival.

Image: Astronauts Wally Schirra and Gordon Gooper

Free and open to the public. Call the Chapel Hill Historical Society for information: 919-929-1793.