Children, parents and UNC students alike learned about stars and constellations during Scare-olina Skies on Sunday.
Scare-olina Skies, the Halloween-themed version of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s live star show, offered showings geared toward adults and teens on Friday night, as well as a family showing on Sunday. Carolina Skies, the traditional live star show, features a simulated projection of the night sky on the dome of the Planetarium, while cultural star stories are told. For the Halloween version, they added a spooky twist.
Amy Sayle, astronomy educator at Morehead, said the planetarium has special editions of Carolina Skies a few times during the year. She said she enjoys doing the themed shows because the organization of the material encourages better audience engagement.
“I focus more on the storytelling than I might otherwise," Sayle said. "I’ve picked out two stories from different places in the world that, I don’t think they’re going to really scare anybody, but I picked them because they have a little more murder and mayhem than your average cultural star story. And what’s really great is that one of them involves all of the major fall constellations."
Sunday's family show consisted of stories based on Ancient Greek and Native Kiowa traditions, while the adults and teens show on Friday included the “slightly racier version” of the same myths, and the creepier Arikara tale involving mass slaughter, Sayle said. Both showings included a virtual tour through the universe.