Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium
at 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) $10.00
Students (ages 3-18) $5.00 
Seniors (62+) $5.00

Thursday and Friday: 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM, Noon, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
*Schedules are subject to change. Please confirm program times on our calendar before your visit.  Programs start promptly as scheduled. Please plan to arrive and be seated prior to the scheduled program time.


Ticketing: We are currently experiencing technical issues with online sales. All tickets must be purchased in-person at the door. All major credit cards accepted.

Free planetarium tickets are available at the door for DCSD employees (with ID). Discounts for military personnel, ASTC members and college students are also available at the door with proper ID.

Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival

Free Presentation!

Join us for a special, one-time, FREE presentation of Dinosaurs: A Story of Survival

Saturday April 15th 3:00 PM

All Tickets are FREE on a first-come, first-served basis.

Planetarium Programs

Plantearium Poster


Thursday and Friday 3:00 PM

When the seasons go crazy it’s up to Annie and Max to set things right. But fixing this will take something extraordinary, and a little help. Come on a whirlwind adventure as the siblings learn just how the seasons and work, and discover that sometimes, all we need is a new angle on the world

Planetarium Poster

Cosmic Colors

Thursday and Friday 4:00 PM

Enjoy a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond! Join us to explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and the reason why many things are the color that they are. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole.

Planetarium Poster


Thursday and Friday 7:00 PM

Explore centers around the motive of human travel to Mars, but the show presents and explains much broader selection of science including history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, Kepler laws of planetary motion or orbital maneuvers.

Planetarium Poster

Forward! To the Moon

Thursday and Friday 8:00 PM

NASA’s 21st century Artemis program is the next step in our mission to explore the universe and land the first woman and person of color on the surface of the Moon.

Saturday Programs

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One World, One Sky

Saturdays 11:00 AM 

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 Poster

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Saturdays Noon

Two Small Pieces of Glass follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

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Asteroid Mission Extreme

Saturdays 2:00 PM

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the potential that asteroids present to facilitate manned space travel. Through stunning visuals and state of the art computer graphics, the film will present the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire Solar System.

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Saturdays 3:00 PM

50 years ago the first human walked on the moon… discover the story behind this historic moment which will inspire the next generation of explorers and dreamers.

The Sky Tonight

The Sky Tonight program is back!  Presented live by a Fernbank astronomer, the sky tonight is a guided tours through the constellations, planets, events of the current evening sky.

The first Saturday of every month at 1:00 PM.

Please check our calendar to confirm program times.

Planetarium Contacts

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer