Fernbank Science Center

November 2019 | Fernbank Science Center | DeKalb County School District


Kavli Fulldome Lecture

Live simulcast from Adler Planetarium

On Friday, November 1, from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m., Fernbank Science Center is pleased to offer the Atlanta area a rare opportunity to attend a presentation in the prestigious Kavli Lecture Series delivered LIVE and in full-dome from Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Astronomers Chris Lintott (University of Oxford) and Laura Trouille (Adler) will present “A Universe of Surprises,” exploring everything from black holes to exotic exoplanets. This presentation will take place in the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium.

This is a global simulcast event and all audiences, including ours here in Atlanta, will be allowed to ask live questions of Drs. Lintott and Trouille. We will begin the event at 8:00 p.m. with a bonus screening of the full dome show Spooky Space.

The lecture begins precisely at 8:30 p.m. Regular admission does apply ($7 adults $5 students, seniors, and active military personnel). Groupon purchases will be honored. DeKalb teachers get in free with their work I.D. badge.

DeKalb Teachers

Scheduling for Spring Semester 2020 will begin on December 2, 2019.

Class offerings will be posted on November 6, 2019.
Visit www.fernbank.edu/schedule.html

Fernbank Liaisons

Every DCSD school has a person designated as their Fernbank Liaison. Let your liaison know what classes you would like to schedule. Don't know who your liaison is? Check Here

Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury

The planet Mercury will travel across the disk of the Sun from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on November 11, 2019. Weather permitting, we will open the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory to the public from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We will allow viewing through 8, 10, and 11-inch telescopes fitted with special solar filters. Admission is free!

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Do NOT attempt to view the transit through any devices without properly certified solar filters.

Remembering Apollo 12

Apollo 12

Fernbank Science Center and the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium presents a special day of programming on Saturday, November 16, 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission. The mission successfully landed astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean on the surface of the Moon! There will be special planetarium programs throughout the day.

We will also have the grand opening of an interactive traveling exhibit that features one of the consoles from the Apollo Mission Control Room at Johnson Space Center. Everyone can sit where the flight controllers did and imagine the feeling of anticipation and pride as they guided the Intrepid and Yankee Clipper to their rendezvous with the Moon and return to Earth.

November/December Planetarium Schedule

The November and December planetarium schedule will feature our new live-narration voyage through the solar system, called The PLANET-arium Show. Holiday programs begin on November 24 and include Mystery of the Christmas Star and Let it Snow.

For more information visit: http://www.fernbank.edu/planetarium.htm

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Astronomy Corner

The Leonid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours of November 18. The waning Moon may wash out this year's shower. There's more information at https://earthsky.org/

On Saturday night November 23, forty minutes after sunset, look for Jupiter and Venus (they will look like two bright stars) low in the western sky. Keep an eye out for the two planets each evening that week, and watch speedy Venus slip past Jupiter as the days go by.

By November 30, Jupiter will be very low on the horizon, an hour after sunset. Venus will be slightly higher in the sky, with Saturn above and to the left, and the crescent Moon highest of all, in a line toward the southwest.

Join us in the Ralph Buice Jr. Memorial Observatory on Thursday and Friday nights for views that are out of this world! Admission is Free! More Information>>

Source: seasky.org