George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium
What is a Planetarium?
A planetarium is a dome-shaped theater, capable of showing the sky at any time from any location.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium has a 30 foot diameter dome and 46 seats. Our projection system was upgraded in November 2014 to a new Digistar 5 Full Dome Digital Planetarium Projector. The Digistar projector allows us to not only explore the night sky as seen from Earth, but to fly into the cosmos, exploring other worlds. You will be truly immersed in the universe and incredible modern day scientific discoveries!
The planetarium also serves as a teaching aid for understanding the motions of the Earth, Moon, Sun, planets, and stars through our sky and galaxy. Astronomy laboratory courses at UNG are taught in the planetarium as well as UNG's observatory. The planetarium is also a great tool for educating K-12 students on the motions of the skies and properties of planets and stars. See below for more information on school shows.
The planetarium is located in the Health & Natural Sciences Building which is situated one block west of the main campus on Sunset Dr. The planetarium is located on the second floor of the atrium section behind the large lecture hall. Take the long corridor with astronomical art 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.
Free Public Shows
Public planetarium shows are free on Friday nights at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Children are welcome! If you plan to attend with a group larger than 8 people, please email the planetarium at email@example.com to let us know in advance.
Please see the planetarium schedule page for more information and the schedule of Friday night shows.
School Field Trip 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. Fees go towards maintenance of the planetarium. For more detailed information about available dates and show times, planetarium location, and more, e-mail the planetarium at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Show Schedule
Most Fridays at 8 p.m.