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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

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.

Adults (ages 19-61) $7.00
Students (ages 3-18) $5.00 
Seniors (62+) $5.00



*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.

Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year.

School Planetarium Lessons

Public Planetarium Programs April 2019

Planetarium Flyer


Join the discoverer of Comet 67P, Klim Churyumov, in the story about the origins of the Solar System and life on Earth. Meet the challenges of a 10 year long mission with Rosetta spacecraft and the “Philae” lander.

Planetarium Flyer


"Explore" centers around the motivation for human travel to Mars, but the program presents and explains a much broader selection of science including the history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models and the Kepler laws of planetary motion.

Planetarium Flyer

Out There

With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we can explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed expectations. Most stars have planets, and a huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Planetarium Flyer

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.

Planetarium Flyer

Max Goes to the Moon

Ever wonder what it’s like to go to the Moon? The award winning children’s book, “Max Goes to the Moon” by Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, has been adapted to a planetarium show and takes the audience on such an adventure. Max (the dog) and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era.

Planetarium Flyer

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.

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.

Planetarium Flyer

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.

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts

April Whitt- Astronomer

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist, Meterorites