Observatory

Watch the Skies!

Updates

Students

The North Georgia Astronomical Observatory (NGAO) is open to students any clear night Monday through Friday while classes are in session. The observatory is open Monday through Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST (9:30 p.m. EDT).  Weather permitting - see Daily Operational Status below.

Observatory-Planetarium Public Education Nights (OPEN Program)

The general public and students are invited to come out on Friday nights after the OPEN Program planetarium show for celestial viewing. The Friday OPEN program telescopic viewing always begins at 9:30 p.m.  Weather permitting - see Daily Operational Status below.

Observatory First & Last Quarter Saturdays

The general public and students are also invited to come out on selected Saturday nights for celestial viewing.  Sponsored by the North Georgia Astronomers (a regional amateur astronomy club associated with UNG), the observatory is open on Saturdays which fall closest to the first and last quarter moon during each month.  (See the current semester schedule below.)  The observatory is open at sunset and viewing begins approximately 30 min later and continues for approximately 2 hours.  Weather permitting - see Daily Operational Status below.

[FQ = first quarter, LQ = last quarter]

Observatory Schedule - Spring 2014
The observatory is open at sunset on the following Saturday nights
Feb 8 FQ Feb 22 LQ Mar 8 FQ Apr 5 FQ Apr 19 LQ
For More Information

Daily Operational Status

Call 706-864-8642 after 6:00 pm EST (8:00 pm EDT) for daily operational status. 

School/Group Visits

For information about school or other group visits to the observatory, please e-mail the observatory at observatory@ung.edu

How to Find the Observatory

NGAO is located approximately 4 miles west of Dahlonega off of highway 9, 0.4 mile past the junction with highway 52.
(GPS address to gate:  3000 Dawsonville Hwy, Dahlonega GA 30533) 

How to Find the PLANETARIUM

The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium is located in the Health & Natural Sciences (HNS) Building on the UNG Dahlonega campus.
(GPS address to H&NS Building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597)

See "Maps & Directions" on the menu list above left.