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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

The planetarium at Fernbank Science Center is a celestial theater in the round, utilizing the complex Zeiss Mark V planetarium projector in conjunction with SPITZ SciDome 4K Laser projection system. These technologies collectively create a stunning immersive environment, which guide the audience through the wonders of the universe. The 70-ft diameter planetarium, one of the largest in the United States, is dedicated to teaching and public enrichment.


ADMISSION FOR PUBLIC PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS
Adults (ages 19-61) $7.00
Students (ages 3-18) $5.00 
Seniors (62+) $5.00

SUMMER SCHEDULE*
Monday - Wednesday -  11:00  12:00  1:00  2:00  3:00
Thursday and Friday -  11:00  12:00  1:00  2:00  3:00  7:00  8:00
Saturday -  11:00  12:00  2:00  3:00

*Schedule subject to change.  Please confirm program times on our calendar before your visit.

Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year.

School Planetarium Lessons

Planetarium Programs for June 2018

Planetarium Flyer

One World, One Sky

Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.

Planetarium Flyer

Earth's Wild Ride

While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.

Planetarium Flyer

Firefall

Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth.

Planetarium Flyer

Cosmic Recipe

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something BIG! Learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world – even us!

Planetarium Flyer

Peerfect Little Planet

If you could take the ultimate space vacation, where would you go? In “Perfect Little Planet,” a family from another star system is doing just that — looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through our solar system. Join them and see the solar system from a distinctly different point of view.

Planetarium Flyer

Auroras: Lights of Wonder

The Aurora is one of the greatest wonders a human can experience in nature. Experience the actual aurora with the world’s first 4K, real-time, full dome video.

Planetarium Programs for July & August 2018

Planetarium Flyer

Earth, Moon, and Sun

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Discover why the Sun rises and sets and  the basics of fusion and solar energy. Explore the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases, eclipses, and past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond.

Planetarium Flyer

We Choose Space

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy chose to go to the Moon.  Narrated completely by astronauts Scott Parazynski, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan, and famous space reporter Walter Cronkite, the program makes human space flight after the Space Shuttle exciting, immersive, and real!

Planetarium Flyer

Big

One of the most asked questions about the Universe is “How big is it?” and it is one of the hardest to answer. BIG tackles this question and does so by taking the audience on an immersive journey to bring a really BIG subject down to Earth. 

Planetarium Flyer

Auroras: Lights of Wonder

The Aurora is one of the greatest wonders a human can experience in nature. Experience the actual aurora with the world’s first 4K, real-time, full dome video.

Planetarium Flyer

Black Holes

Black Holes takes you on a fully immersive journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. 

Planetarium Flyer

The Sky Tonight

Presented live by a Fernbank Science Center astronomer, this is a guided tour through the constellations, planets, and events of the current evening sky.

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts


April Whitt- Astronomer

april.whitt@fernbank.edu


Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

mark.lancaster@fernbank.edu


Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist, Meterorites

scott.harris@fernbank.edu