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George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium

At the George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium, students and the general public can explore the night sky as seen from Earth, or fly into the cosmos to explore other worlds in our dome-shaped theater.

You will be truly immersed in the universe and see incredible modern-day scientific discoveries!

The planetarium features:
  • 30-foot diameter dome
  • 46 seats
  • State-of-the-art Digistar 5 Full-Dome Digital Planetarium Projector
Phantom of the Universe Narrated by Tilda Swinton

Free public show most Fridays.

Showtime Change

Starting Mar. 1 showtime change:
Doors: 7:30 p.m. | Show: 8:00 p.m.

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight.

The show begins with a 25-minute full dome video about future technologies that may allow humanity to reach the stars and planets beyond our solar system. Join us to explore a future made possible by the dreams of today's scientists. Narrated by Sean Bean.

The show continues with a live presentation of the spring 2019 evening sky and exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

Learn about reserving the planetarium for a school field trip.

If you are planning to attend a public show with a group of eight or more, please email us in advance so we can ensure we are able to accommodate your group.

Phantom of the Universe Narrated by Tilda Swinton

Upcoming Shows

The Dahlonega Science Festival will take place on the weekend of March 1-3 with extra planetarium shows, including Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight, Harry Potter Astronomy and Exploring Exoplanets: Another Giant Leap for Mankind. Learn more about the 2019 festival.


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 show 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!


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. 

To find out the observatory's daily operating status, please visit the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory Facebook page.

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