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Planetarium Schedule Fall 2016

The Observatory-Planetarium Public Education Nights (OPEN) program begins with a free, one-hour public planetarium show most Fridays at 8:00 p.m.  The doors are open for seating at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 8:00 p.m.  No admittance after the show begins.  The public shows are presented at the planetarium located in room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building and are scheduled for the following Fridays:

OPEN Planetarium Show Schedule Fall 2016
Sept Oct Nov
2 - No Public Show 7 - OPEN Show 4 - No Public Show
9 - OPEN Show 14 - OPEN Show 11 - OPEN Show
16 - OPEN Show 21 - OPEN Show 18 - OPEN Show
23 - OPEN Show 28 - OPEN Show 25 - No Public Show
30 - OPEN Show


Public shows incorporate full-dome video and a live presentation of what is up in the current night sky. Recent astronomical discoveries may also be presented. The live content of the shows changes throughout the year to reflect changes in the evening skies and new developments in science. Shows may include stunning images of stellar nebulas, travel to distant planets or stars, and detailed instruction on how to identify constellations!

The school field trip shows incorporate more live/interactive content. We look in depth at the motions of the Sun, Moon, and planets. Students learn about patterns of stars in constellations, and about the properties of the stars themselves! Each show focuses on the Georgia School Standards for the group's grade level.

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled "The Secret Lives of Stars."  The show begins with a 28-minute full dome video about the lifecycles of stars, featuring beautiful images of stars in different stages of life throughout the universe, detailed simulations of how stars interact with each other, and narration by Patrick Stewart.  The show continues with a live presentation of the Fall 2016 evening sky, and concludes with an exciting recent discovery of an exoplanet.

School and other group shows may be reserved on Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a flat fee of $85 per 1-hr show for groups.  For more information about payment and reserving planetarium shows for school or other groups, e-mail  Please note, the Planetarium information line (706-864-1471) is intended only for special updates about upcoming shows or cancellations.


Weather permitting, after the Friday public planetarium show we invite visitors out to the observatory for viewing through the 16" Boller & Chiven research grade telescope. The Observatory is occasionally open to the public on some Saturdays during the semester. Check the Observatory web page for a list of any Saturday openings. Local maps to the Observatory and Planetarium. Directions to the observatory will also be provided at the end of the public planetarium show. Call the observatory information line at 706-864-8642 or "like" the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory Facebook page for daily opening status. (Message is updated daily about 6 p.m. EST [8 p.m. EDT].)

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