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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Astronomy Days

Luna-Palooza at Fernbank Science Center

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969, and the entire Apollo program, we are celebrating the Moon (Luna) in a big way this summer at Fernbank Science Center.

Scedule of Events


Friday May 17th - “Where on the Moon?” will be presented by Fernbank Science Center planetary geologist Scott Harris. The talk will review the geography of the Moon as seen from telescopes, orbiting spacecraft, and the Apollo astronauts. The talk is free and open to the public.


Friday May 31st - We are partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting to celebrate the Moon and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission with a full day of Moon and space exploration themed planetarium shows. Each show will include a bonus screening of a 20-minute segment of the upcoming PBS American Experience mini-series, Chasing the Moon. The day concludes with a very special free live presentation at 8:00 p.m. in the planetarium called “Exploration and Science of the Moon” featuring Moon expert and planetary geologist Caleb Fassett from NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


Saturday June 1st - All planetarium shows will be free! There will be hands-on activities in our exhibit hall from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Food trucks will be on-site from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Members of the Atlanta Astronomy Club will be present to answer your telescope questions and do some solar observing. Members of the Meteorite Association of Georgia will be present to show off space rocks. Join FSC Planetary Geologist, Dr. Scott Harris, for "The Moon under the Microscope" at 4:00 PM 


Saturday July 20th - We will once again partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting to celebrate one of the greatest achievements in human history, the first time people set foot on a world beyond our Earth. In addition to showing the PBS series, Chasing the Moon, we are working on an incredibly special lineup of planetarium programs, speakers, and visitors. Please stay tuned to our web site and Facebook page for details as they become available. 


Please visit our calendar for specific start times for each presentation.