Sir Walter Wally the groundhog

Museum groundhog Sir Walter Wally makes official weather prediction Thursday, Feb. 2

January 25, 2017

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane returns as “Groundhog Whisperer” to mark Museum’s 20th annual Groundhog Day celebration RALEIGH, N.C. – This year’s weather got off to an unusual start in North Carolina, with temperatures in the capital city ranging from an icy 9°F to a balmy 76°F in the same week. But now it’s Sir Walter… Read More >

Four people's faces in a collage.

Museum opens “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibition April 22

January 18, 2017

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences hosts free exhibit about the science, history and lived experiences of race in America, April 22–September 4 RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce that it will host the award-winning exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? from April 22 to September 4, 2017. Three… Read More >

Astronomy Days

Museum sheds light on the Sun and other stars at annual Astronomy Days, Jan. 28-29

January 17, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — In case you missed it, this year features the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, the first one visible from the U.S. mainland since 1979. What better time to dive into details of the Sun and other stars, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days, Saturday, January 28, 9… Read More >

parking alert map

Parking & Street Closure Alert

January 4, 2017

UPDATE: Parking is back to normal in the area of the Museum due to the inaugural events being moved indoors to Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The planned inaugural parade has been canceled. Due to the governor’s inaugural events, several state parking facilities near the Museum will be closed… Read More >

The left panel shows a false-color image of PGC 1000714. The right panel shows a B-I color index map that reveals both the outer ring (blue) and diffuse inner ring (light green). Credit: Ryan Beauchemin.

Researchers get first look at new, extremely rare galaxy

Approximately 359 million light-years away from Earth, there is a galaxy with an innocuous name (PGC 1000714) that doesn’t look quite like anything astronomers have observed before. New research provides a first description of a well-defined elliptical-like core surrounded by two circular rings — a galaxy that appears to belong to a class of rarely… Read More >