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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
Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe

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

April 21 Only:

Doors: 6:30 p.m. | Shows: 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled "Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe."

The show begins with a 30-minute full dome video about the Ice Cube project, a massive detector of elusive particles called neutrinos. 

The detector looks for traces of neutrino collisions deep in the ice of Antarctica so that scientists can study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes.

The show continues with a live presentation of the winter 2017 evening sky, and concludes with 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.

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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