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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

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 contact us at 678-874-7102.

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts

April Whitt- Astronomer

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist  and Meterorites