Planetarium Programs & Events

Ingram Planetarium Sunset Beach NC

NANO Exhibit — On display in the Science Hall from now until January 15, 2015
Come learn about nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoscience is the study of structures and material on the scale of nanometers — a size almost too small to even imagine. Nanotechnolgy is the manipulation of matter on a molecular scale. In other words, scientists and engineers can now create new materials and devices by building them atom by atom. What are some of the products created by nanotechnology that impact our every day lives? What are the social and ethical implications of this new technology? The Nano Exhibit engages visitors of all ages with hands-on activities, examples of real-world applications, and discussion about the future of nanotechnology.

There is no admission charge to visit the Science Hall! The Nano Exhibit is FREE!

Sky Theater Shows

January 9 – May 16, 2015

Doors open at 11:30 on Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAY

12:00 — Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 — Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 — Half-price! — Back to the Moon for Good (live star show follows movie)
3:00 — Seven Wonders (live star show follows movie)

SATURDAY

12:00 — Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 — Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 — Half-price! — Two Small Pieces of Glass (live star show follows movie)
3:00 — Oasis in Space (live star show follows movie)

Sky Theater shows are free for members.
Non-member per-show admission (includes NC sales tax): $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

Laser Light & Music Shows

Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15

5:00 — Laser Beatles
6:00 — Laser U2
7:00 — Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16

5:00 — Laser Country
6:00 — Laser Zeppelin
7:00 — Pink Floyd’s The Wall — not recommended for young children

Laser Music shows are free for members.
Non-member per-show admission (includes NC sales tax): $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

Special Programs & Events

Jan. 10 — 6 PM — Early Flight: Those Wonderful Flying Machines

Join guest speaker Bruce Stedman for a brief history of early aviation based on the work of Cayley, Penaud, Lilienthal, Chanute, and the Wright Brothers. Then Mr. Stedman will show you how to make two paper gliders that can fly up to 40 feet indoors! Bruce Stedman is a retired science/math/computer teacher, a past president of the Maine Science Teacher’s Association, a past member and instructor for the US Power Squadron, a past commodore of the Rockland Yacht Club, and a former volunteer at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Bruce and his wife now live in Sunset Beach where he is an active volunteer and docent at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

Feb. 7 — 6 PM — Venus & Mars: Love & War

Join Planetarium Manager Edward Ovsenik as he discusses how our nearest planetary neighbors got their names: Venus, named after the goddess of beauty, and Mars, named after the god of war. Enjoy a spirited discussion just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Feb. 20 — 7 PM — Star Party (Rain date: Feb. 21)

View planets, stars, constellations, and deep space objects. Use the Planetarium’s telescopes or bring your own. Planetarium staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you use the equipment and explain to you what you are seeing. Bring your camera and learn about night sky photography.

Mar. 7 — 6 PM — Tragedy of the Commons: Our Atmosphere

Garrett Harden first wrote about the Tragedy of the Commons in an essay published 45 years ago. In his essay, Mr. Harden explored the economics and human behavior behind resource depletion. In this program, Planetarium Manager Edward Ovsenik applies Mr. Harden’s theory to our atmosphere and man’s depletion of that resource. Mr. Ovsenik ends the program with a viewing of the movie Dynamic Earth.

Mar. 14 — 12:00-3:14 — Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day by learning about the history and mathematical concept of Pi — the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. At 3:14, celebrate Pi Day by enjoying a Moon Pie!

Apr. 4 — 7 PM — NC Science Festival Intro — in association with the NC Science Festival

Apr. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 — 12:00-3:00 — Explore the Paul Dennis Science Hall — in association with the NC Science Festival

Apr. 24 — 7 PM — NC Science Festival Statewide Star Party (Rain date: Apr. 26)

View planets, stars, constellations, and deep space objects. Use the Planetarium’s telescopes or bring your own. Planetarium staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you use the equipment and explain to you what you are seeing. Bring your camera and learn about night sky photography.

May 2 — 6 PM — Mission to Pluto and Beyond

Guest presenter Dr. Barry Kirkham will discuss the exciting mission of the New Horizons space craft. Launched in 2006, New Horizons is expected to make its closest approach to Pluto in July of 2015. Learn about the team that designed, built, and runs this space craft, as well as the engineering challenges that had to be overcome. Dr. Barry Kirkham spent his career at the NASA Goddard Soace Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where he worked on space craft design teams.

The special programs and events listed above are free for members.
Non-member admission (includes NC sales tax): $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

Questions?

Call the planetarium at 910-575-0033 during normal business hours.