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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
The Hot and Energetic Universe

Free public show most Fridays.
Doors: 7:30 p.m. | Show: 8:00 p.m.

Showtime Change

Starting Nov. 30 showtime change:
Doors: 7:00 p.m. | Show: 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Shows 

Santa and Solar Superstorms

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled The Hot and Energetic Universe.

The show begins with a 30-minute full dome video describing the most violent and energetic phenomena in the universe. Join us to explore the telescopes that are being put into space to help us study catastrophic events by detecting high energy x-rays and gamma rays.

The show continues with a live presentation of the fall 2018 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.

Hot and Energetic Universe

Upcoming Shows

Beginning November 30, the OPEN show will be titled “Santa and Solar Superstorms.”

The show will begin with “Solar Superstorms” a 24-minute full dome video about the jets of superheated material that can burst from the Sun and stream through space towards our Earth. We'll take a close look at the Sun's turbulent surface and explosive inner workings through scientifically accurate simulations. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

The show will continue with a live presentation featuring a visit with Santa at the North Pole and a look at the night sky from North Georgia.

Format

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!

Observatory

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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