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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.

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.

Planetarium Programs

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Earth Moon and Sun

Thursday and Friday 3:00 PM

This planetarium show for children 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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From the Earth to the Universe

Thursday and Friday 4:00 PM

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has inspired awe and been the subject of campfire stories, and ancient myths for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

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Firefall

Thursday and Friday 7:00 PM

Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors – those brilliant streaks in the night sky -- to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth.  This ceaseless Firefall is our only tangible connection to the universe beyond and is an ever-present reminder of our own humble beginnings in the hostile environment of space.

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CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story

Thursday and Friday 8:00 PM

CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story is an award-winning planetarium film that celebrates the achievements of the Apollo program. 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.

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Journey back over 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages. Video Trailer

December 1-17.   Thursday and Friday 8:00 PM.  Saturday 3:00 PM 

Saturday Only Shows

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Max Goes to the Moon

Saturdays 11:00 AM 

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.

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The Cosmic Recipe

Saturdays Noon

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something BIG! Learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world – even us!

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Forward! To the Moon

Saturdays 2:00 PM

NASA’s 21st century Artemis program, named after the Greek moon Goddess and twin of Apollo, 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.

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Rosetta

Saturdays 3:00 PM

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 Contacts

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer
J._Lancaster@dekalbschoolsga.org