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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Welcome to Fernbank Science Center...where science truly becomes an adventure! Visit today and experience the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium and the Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory.

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

DeKalb County School District (DCSD), in collaboration with other metro area school districts, remains closed 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.

LIVE! At-Home Planetarium Shows

The Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center remains closed due to Covid-19. In the interim we are offering virtual planetarium programming.  The shows will be live from planetarium. Please visit our facebook page to live stream the show. New shows will be released each Friday at 7:00 PM.

Fernbank Facebook Videos

Live Show Archive

Please visit the LIVE! At-Home Planetarium Show archive to watch or re-watch recorded shows.  Each show is unique, representing a variety of astronomical topics, and features distinguished guests from around the country. 

Nikon Small World Coming Soon!

2020 Nikon Small World Winners

The Nikon Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

2020 Nikon Small World In Motion

Nikon Small World in Motion, encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope and adds a new, distinct discipline to the competition.

Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium

Experience the wonders of the universe in 4K!

Apollo 6 Capsule

Apollo 6 

Permanent Exhibit

The real Apollo 6 Command Module, on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is on display in the FSC exhibit hall.

Live Animal Exhibit

Live Animal Exhibit

Permanent Exhibit

See poison dart frogs, snakes, turtles, spiders, and more. 

Apollo Interactive

Apollo Interactive Exhibit

On display now!

The exhibit takes you back in time to the Mission Control Room of the Apollo missions to the Moon, with equal consideration of space exploration today and in the future.

Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory

Come join us for views that are out of this world!

Free public observations Thursday and Friday nights!

Directions to Fernbank Science Center


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