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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

SCHEDULE*
Thursday: 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM

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

Bring Pluto Back

Small Planets: Bringing Pluto Back

April 21, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - Planetary geologist Kirby Runyon, a postdoctoral researcher at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, and the first scientist to discover mountains on Pluto, will deliver a talk titled “Small Planets: Bringing Pluto Back” (not that it ever left!)

1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m., Dr. Runyon and Fernbank planetary geologist Scott Harris will engage the audience in a discussion of how planetary scientists have defined planets for more than a century, and why how we discuss Pluto in science education matters.

2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., we will present a full dome planetarium show titled “Beyond New Horizons” that looks back at the history of Pluto and highlights the latest imagery from the New Horizons mission.

This special planetarium event is free and open to all as seating allows. However, visitors will be encouraged to make donations to one of two boxes to express their opinion about Pluto’s “planethood.”

Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year.

School Planetarium Lessons

Current Planetarium Programs

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on a journey 65 million years in the making to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity for those of us on planet Earth. 
Black Holes

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. 
Molecularium

Molecularium

This immersive, animated musical is aimed at young audiences, but everyone has fun and learns along the way. Experience the transformation of matter, explore the water cycle and discover that everything is made of atoms and molecules in this action packed adventure.
The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight

Presented live by a Fernbank 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