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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. Planetarium events open to the public are FREE unless otherwise stated.

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
Birth of Planet Earth narrated by Richard Dormer

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

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled Birth of Planet Earth.

The show begins with a 24-minute full dome video about the formation of planet Earth. Join us for a close-up view of the violent collisions that produced our home world and our ever-present companion, the Moon. Narrated by Richard Dormer.

The show continues with a live presentation of the summer 2019 evening sky and will include 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.

Birth of Planet Earth narrated by Richard Dormer

Upcoming Shows

Apollo 11 Anniversary Celebration - July 20

On July 20, there will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Join us for planetarium shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. NASA aerospace engineer Sabrina Thompson will speak in the HNS auditorium next to the planetarium at 7:30 p.m.

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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