So it was last Friday night, Cub Scout Night at Morehead Planetarium on the campus of UNC, when I visited this fantastic place for the first time.
Some businesses have pretty awesome claims to fame. But Morehead Planetarium has this - built in 1949, Morehead was used to train Gemini and Apollo astronauts in celestial navigation. That's right, the men who traveled to the moon learned how to navigate using the stars in the same dome where today you can watch planetarium shows. The show we were treated to in fact, "Carolina Skies", has been shown regularly in this theater since its opening.
During our visit, the scouts also got to make their own model of our solar system and learned to operate a telescope. Unfortunately the skies were cloudy, but we did get to catch Venus low in the sky with our binoculars.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is yet another Triangle treasure.