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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 Have Been Discontinued

(But See Facebook Posts for Some Possible Saturday Openings)

The general public and students are also invited to come out on any Saturday night opening for celestial viewing.  The North Georgia Astronomers (a regional amateur astronomy club associated with UNG) may open the observatory on selected Saturdays during the semester.  There are no openings currently planned, but we will update the current semester schedule below and post on the Observatory Facebook page if any Saturday opening are scheduled.  Any openings are weather permitting - see Daily Operational Status below.

Observatory Saturday Schedule - Summer 2016
Currently there are no plans to open the observatory Saturday nights
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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

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 or search on Google Maps "North Georgia Astronomical Observatory") 

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 or search on Google Maps "George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium")

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

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