George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium
Imagine The Stars.....
The planetarium has been upgraded! A new Digistar 5 Full Dome Digital Planetarium Projector was installed in the Coleman Planetarium Theater during November, 2014. The new Digistar projector has capabilities far beyond the old opto-mechanical Spitz 512. Come explore the skies as the planetarium takes you to the Moon, the planets and beyond to the edge of the observable Universe!
School Groups and Public Shows
Planetarium shows for school groups or other organizations are available by reservation on Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. A flat fee of $85 per one hour show for groups will be charged. Public shows are FREE. For more detailed information about show times, planetarium location, and the current schedule, visit the planetarium schedule page. For group reservations, please e-mail the Planetarium at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The planetarium is located in the Health & Natural Sciences Building which is situated one block west of the main campus on Sunset Dr. ("To see the stars, wait for Sunset.") The planetarium is located on the second floor of the atrium section behind the large lecture hall. Take the long corridor with astronomical art and displays just to the left of room 232 (large lecture hall), turn right at the end to find the double door entrance for the planetarium (room 234). Local maps to the Observatory and Planetarium.
The star theater seats 46 under a thirty-foot diameter dome and houses a Digistar five full-dome digital planetarium projector. The Digistar projects a realistic simulation of the night sky as seen from anywhere on the surface of the Earth at any time of night and at any epoch from the ancient past to the far future. In addition, the Digistar system can to lift you off the surface of the Earth and display the sky as seen from anywhere in the solar system, our Milky Way Galaxy, out to the far galaxies and beyond to the "edge" of the observable Universe.
The five naked-eye planets, the sun, and the moon can be projected in their correct relationship to the celestial sphere. Daily and annual motion of the stars, planets, Moon (with phases) and Sun provide an invaluable teaching aid for understanding the basic celestial motions and their connection to time and the seasons. But the capabilities of the Digistar go orders of magnitude beyond these traditional planetarium pedagogies and into the realm of all the sciences.
The Digistar transforms the planetarium into an immersive theater (think IMAX on the half-shell) and can project full-dome video presentations with breathtaking imagery. Access to the World Wide Web enable the planetarium presentations to incorporate the latest imagery and video from the astronomical community, NASA, and UNG’s own observatory.
WATCH THE SKIES!