Contentnea Creek has dark skies and is an excellent place to do some stargazing. You can see the Milky Way! NCMNS Contentnea Creek also features a digital planetarium and public observatory. The planetarium is currently available for small private groups of up to 10 people. Even if it’s cloudy out you can explore the wonders of the night sky in the planetarium. Please email Brian Baker, for more information.

Chia-yu Li Planetarium

The Museum’s Contentnea Creek location features the Chia-Yu Li Planetarium. 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 level  programs for the public, and private shows for parties and other events.

Saturday Planetarium Shows

The Chia-yu Li Planetarium will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month. Each show will run approximately 30 minutes. The 11am and 12pm shows will feature short-film style documentaries. The 1pm program will take you on a live narrated tour of the night sky.

11:00 AM


Traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

12:00 PM


Join Neil deGrasse Tyson in a journey exploring the life of a photon. Start from its creation in the belly of a star, travel across the galaxy and go all the way into the eye of a young stargazing girl. Take a ride on the optic nerve and discover how the eye works in the show “Seeing”.

1:00 PM


This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time conveys the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the worlds in the Solar System, the colorful birthplaces of stars, the immensity of a myriad galaxies. 

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 currently closed for repairs and should be operational again in early 2021. Keep an eye on our social media for the latest updates.

Bringing The Stars To You!

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Mobile Planetarium

NCMNS Greenville 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!

729 Dickinson Avenue | Greenville, NC 27834 | 252.364.2862

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources