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Ralph L. Buice Jr. Observatory

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

All Fernbank Science Center facilities remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Reopening time frames and information concerning the center's programs will be posted to our website as information becomes available. 
We look forward to seeing you when we return!

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

Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory

The Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. 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 United States and one of the largest instruments ever dedicated to education and public viewing.

Free public observations are offered every Thursday and Friday evening from 9:00 pm (or dark) until 10:30 pm (weather permitting).  An astronomer will be available to position the telescope and answer questions. For more information and to confirm hours contact us at 678-874-7102.

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts

April Whitt- Astronomer
april_whitt@dekalbschoolsga.org

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer
J._Lancaster@dekalbschoolsga.org

Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist and Meterorites
Scott_Harris@dekalbschoolsga.org

Volunteer Oportunity

Share your passion for all things astronomical by volunteering in the Buice Observatory. This position involves assisting Observatory staff in running public programs at our Thursday and Friday evening open houses, as well as any special programming.


Contact Mark Lancaster for more information mark.lancaster@fernbank.edu