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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.


ADMISSION FOR PUBLIC PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS
Adults (ages 19-61) $10.00
Students (ages 3-18) $5.00 
Seniors (62+) $5.00

SEE OUR CALENDAR FOR PROGRAM SCHEDULES*

SCROLL DOWN FOR CURRENT PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND VIDEO TAILERS.

*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.

Reserve Tickets

Ticketing: We are excited to be transitioning to contactless ticketing!

Visitors are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance of your visit to the exhibit hall and/or planetarium. Free tickets are available for the exhibit hall. Planetarium tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. 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.

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Earth Moon and Sun

Thursdays at 3 PM

This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.

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Black Holes

Thursdays at 8 PM

 Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a Black Hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? What are supermassive black holes? What is "spaghettification?" 

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Perfect Little Planet

Fridays at 3 PM

Children will love this show as they learn about our solar system through the eyes of a family of aliens on vacation from another solar system.

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Auroras: Lights of Wonder

Thursdays at 8 PM

The Aurora is the greatest wonder a human can experience in nature. Now, you can experience the actual aurora with the world’s first 4K real-time video.

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Forward! To the Moon

Fridays at 8 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.

LIVE! At-Home Planetarium Shows

The Live At-Home virtual planetarium shows ARE BACK!  New shows will be presented on Fridays and Saturdays.  Please visit our facebook page for show times and details.  


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Live Show Archive

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

Planetarium Contacts

Dr. Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist and Meteorites
Scott_Harris@dekalbschoolsga.org

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer
J._Lancaster@dekalbschoolsga.org

Lauren Albin - Astronomer
lauren_albin@dekalbschoolsga.org