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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 6 Full-Dome Digital Planetarium Projector
The Incredible Sun poster

Free public show
Most Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Hours Now - February 28

Shows will start Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Now through February 28

Upcoming Shows

Seeing starts January 24

What's Showing

The current public show is titled “Santa and the Incredible Sun.”

The show begins with a live presentation of the Winter 2019-2020 evening sky. We will fly through space with Santa and learn about exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

The show concludes with an 11-minute full dome video about our closest star, the Incredible Sun.

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.

poster image for The Incredible Sun planetarium show

Upcoming Shows

Starting January 24, the public show will be titled, Seeing.

The show begins with a 26-minute full dome video that follows a photon of light from the heart of star, through space, and into the eye of a person on Earth. This exciting journey highlights the amazing processes that allow us to see across the universe. Narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The show continues with a live presentation of the Winter 2020 evening sky and will include exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

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 to view the real night sky through telescopes on the UNG Drill Field. Telescope viewing at UNG's North Georgia Astronomical Observatory will resume in Summer 2020 after completion of a new facility.

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

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