Connecting to Astronomy

Starry Night

Each month the planetarium and observatory is open to the public. Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium, then step into the Kitty an Max Joyner Observatory to view the wonders of the night sky.

Saturday Planetarium Shows

Each Saturday of the month (June – October) come out to A Time for Science in Grifton for an afternoon planetarium show. Show times are at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm. Click above for more details.

Carolina Skies Astronomy Club

Connect with others in our community who are passionate and curious about the night sky. This is a great time to try different types of telescopes and learn more about star gazing.

Chia-yu Li Planetarium

Located at our Grifton Nature Center the Chia-Yu Li Planetarium is a 35-foot geodesic dome that seats 50 people, powered by a Digitarium Zeta Digital Planetarium System.

The planetarium has been in operation since 2015 and conducts K-12 school programs, general-interest levelĀ  programs for the public, and private shows for parties and other events.

The Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory

The Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory features a 16-inch diameter Meade LX200 on a Paramount MX+. Long story short, this thing is big, powerful, and cool!

The observatory is open to the public during Starry Night and many special events. Come check it out! It’s out of the is world!

Mobile Planetarium

A Time for Science proudly offers a mobile planetarium for use by schools, clubs, camps, and community centers throughout Eastern North Carolina. Our mobile planetarium features a state-of-the-art digital projection system allowing you to skim through the rings of Saturn and travel to the stars!