Media invited to cover Solar Eclipse Celebration at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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 Media invited to cover Solar Eclipse Celebration at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

The event is part of 50 Carolina Solar Eclipse Parties across North and South Carolina


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— August 14, 2017) – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a Solar Eclipse Celebration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in conjunction with the solar eclipse on August 21. Events include a live stream of the eclipse from the path of totality, eclipse-related games and activities, food trucks and presentations inside the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theatre. Tickets to the eclipse-related presentations inside the Theatre are sold out.  Attendance is expected to be very high.


August 21, 2017

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 East Franklin Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514


RSVP: Media intending to cover the eclipse from Morehead Planetarium are asked to RSVP by 12 p.m. on Wed., August 16 by contacting Molly Molpus,, (919) 843-7952. Traffic is expected to be very heavy in the area beginning around 11 a.m. on August 21. Arrival before 10 a.m. is suggested.


Assistance on-site: Call Molly Molpus at (216) 973-2009 (cell).


Media parking: Media-designated parking spots can be found here. Please contact the media relations office at 919-445-8555 if you need live truck parking.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Opened in 1949, Morehead was the first planetarium in the South, the first on the campus of a major research university and the sixth in the nation. Morehead provided training for America’s astronauts during the Space Race, counts 11 moonwalkers among its “alumni” and has hosted more than eight million visitors. In 2001, Morehead added “Science Center” to its name to more fully reflect its mission. Since then, through its outreach programming, it has tripled the number of children and families served and nearly tripled revenues and support. Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is Morehead’s largest outreach program, having served 1.8 million people of all ages since its inception.


Communications and Public Affairs contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360,

Morehead Planetarium contact: Molly Molpus, (919) 843-7952,