The planetarium show today was called, "Earth, Moon and Sun". I have to say I learned so much as we sat there under what felt like a real night sky hearing about how the earth, moon and stars work together and explaining some of the common misconceptions about the earth and its neighboring planets and stars. The children were so excited to be there under that tremendous night sky. I overheard the little girl sitting next to me whisper to her friend, "I don't want this to end!"
After the show, we strolled across the beautiful campus and settled under one of the huge oak trees to enjoy a picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day and I especially enjoyed observing my son and his classmates as they interacted with each other. They were all thoroughly enjoying themselves. I was very impressed with how well behaved they were for the whole trip. As I sat there eating my lunch, I looked around at the beautiful architecture of the buildings there on the UNC campus. I always knew that UNC had a beautiful campus, but I don't think I ever really appreciated the architectural beauty of those buildings like I did today. Most of the buildings I saw on the campus are fine examples of Neoclassical Revival. These buildings, inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, featured porticos dominating the front facade of the buildings supported by large columns in the Corinthian, Ionic, or Doric order. Many of the buildings, including the Morehead Planetarium were crowned with a large dome which is very reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture. Others were crowned with a cupola. Here is just a small sampling of some of the buildings.
|The Playmakers Theatre was completed in 1851 for use as a library. This Greek Revival temple |
is a National Historic landmark. The fluted columns in the Corinthian order are an outstanding
feature of this building.
|The South Building's facade includes a cupola and |
an Ionic portico on the south side.
|The Morehead Planetarium, one of the largest planetariums |
in the United States, features this 68-foot domed Star Theater.