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VSU Planetarium Shows
Explore a unique opportunity to learn about the night sky.
The 500-seat theater, equipped with a 70-foot dome, a Mark V Zeiss star projector, and over 100 special effects projectors, is one of the largest planetariums in the U.S. It is the only major planetarium owned and operated by a public school system.

Educational programs for schools, public programs are offered on a regular basis.

Fernbank's 36-inch reflecting telescope is fitted with a full array of electronic enhancements. It is used for research, education, and is open to the public on many clear Thursday and Friday evenings. The planetarium is a celestial theater in the round, utilizing the complex Zeiss Mark V planetarium projector and a variety of special-effects projectors to guide the audience through the wonders of the universe. The 70-foot diameter planetarium, one of the largest in the United States, is dedicated to teaching and public enrichment.

The Fernbank Observatory houses a 0.9 meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10 meter (30 ft.) dome. This is the largest telescope in the southeastern U, S, and one of the largest instruments ever dedicated to education and public viewing.

Free public observing open houses are offered every Thursday and Friday evening from 9 pm (or dark) until 10:30 pm (weather permitting). An astronomer will be available to position the telescope and answer questions. School Groups: School planetarium programs on a variety of grade-specific levels are given during the school year. Group rates are available. For more info, contact the Scheduler at 678-874-7102.
Fernbank Observatory
School groups
School planetarium programs aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are given during the school year. Classes from DeKalb County Schools use a direct scheduling procedure. Rates for school groups outside of Dekalb County are available by prior arrangement. Please read policies here.
Planetarium Program Regulations
Please Note: Planetarium doors open 15 minutes prior to each scheduled performance. Admission (or readmission) after a program has begun is not possible. Regular programs last
approximately 45 minutes and children's programs last approximately 30 minutes.

An adult must accompany children under 12 years of age. The public programs are targeted at adults, students and school-aged children. The children's programs are appropriate for
people of all ages; children under five are warmly welcomed!

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for public performances. The management reserves the right to change programs without prior notice.

Admission prices and policies are subject to change. Download admission policy statement (PDF format).

Rates for groups are available by prior arrangement.
Contact, Address and Website
Phone: 678-874-7102 or 678-874-7100 - Address: Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Dr, N.E., Atlanta Georgia 30307 - Jim Cherry Memorial and Fernbank Observatory Website
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