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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
Tales of a Time Traveler: Narrated by David Tennant. An Evans & Sutherland Production

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

Upcoming Shows

Chasing the Ghost Particle
Begins August 3

Special Event

Harry Potter Astronomy
August 24 and 31
Showings at 7 and 8 p.m.

What's Showing

Our current OPEN show is titled “Tales of a Time Traveler.”

The show begins with a 23-minute full dome video that explores time itself! Join us to discover the illusive nature of time and journey through the history of the Earth, stars, and universe. Narrated by David Tennant.

The show continues with a live presentation of the summer 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.

Tales of a Time Traveler narrated by david tennant

Upcoming Shows

New Show Starting August 3

Starting August 3, the OPEN show will be 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 summer 2018 evening sky and exciting recent discoveries in astronomy.

Special Event: Harry Potter Astronomy

On August 24 and 31 only, the planetarium's OPEN show will be substituted by two showings of Harry Potter Astronomy at 7 and 8 p.m.

Peer into the magical world of Harry Potter through the lens of science! We'll explore how J.K. Rowling used constellations, star names, and astronomy to add depth to the characters and enchanting classes of Hogwarts.


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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