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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for DeKalb County School District SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSING / Fernbank Science Center

We have been committed to keeping our community updated about the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19. Throughout the process, we have relied on the guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DeKalb County Board of Health, Georgia Department of Education, as well as our state leaders. During Thursday's 3 p.m. press conference, Gov. Kemp communicated the following, “Given the rise of the coronavirus, I am going to issue a call to action. If local communities feel it is prudent, you should consider closing day cares and schools as early as tomorrow through the next two weeks.”


As a result, Mrs. Ramona Tyson, Interim Superintendent of DeKalb County School District (DCSD), in collaboration with other metro area school districts, will close the school district on Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. All district and school sponsored events, activities, meetings, and competitions are cancelled until further notice. It also includes athletics, extracurricular, school events and systemwide events. More information will be forthcoming to our stakeholders.


Information regarding Fernbank Science Center will be posted on this website. We look forward to seeing you when we return.

Please follow the District’s website and social media channels for more information. www.dekalbschoolsga.org.

The Jim Cherry Memorial 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

SEE THE CALENDAR BELOW FOR PROGRAM SCHEDULES*

SCROLL DOWN FOR PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND VIDEO TAILERS.

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

Please be aware that programs start promptly as scheduled.  Please plan to arrive and be seated prior to the scheduled program time.

School Planetarium Lessons

Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year.

School Groups Click Here

Public Planetarium Programs March, April and May 2020

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. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.

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Auroras

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.

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The Sun: Our Living Star

The sun is a typical dwarf star, however, don’t be fooled by the terminology. The Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

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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.

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The PLANET-arium Show

Join our Fernbank Science Center space scientists and educators on a journey through the solar system in the fulldome PLANET-arium Show, featuring asteroids, comets, moons, and even Pluto.

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CAPCOM GO!

An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

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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.

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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.  
Only 3 shows. April 6-8 at 11:00 AM 

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts


April Whitt- Astronomer

april_whitt@dekalbschoolsga.org


Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

J._Lancaster@dekalbschoolsga.org


Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist, Meterorites

Scott_Harris@dekalbschoolsga.org