Georgia Magazine - July 2017 - 30
TONY MADDEN / FERNBANK SCIENCE CENTER, 2017
Planetariums, observatories statewide offer out-of-this-world views
BY LAURA RAINES
aters in the country. Equipped with
the complex Zeiss Mark V projector
and the Spitz SciDome 4K projection system-the latest and greatest
more than lives up to its mission to
make science an adventure.
It hosts DeKalb County school
groups daily and the public on Saturdays for professionally video-recorded programs and live shows. In "The
Sky Tonight" show, a presenter points
out all the stars, planets and constellations visible in that evening's sky
and answers questions.
On clear Thursday and Friday
nights, visitors are invited to look
through the 36-inch reflecting tele-
TELLUS SCIENCE MUSEUM
ith all its sparkling wonders, the
night sky is the oldest show on
earth. Like many astronomers,
April Whitt fell in love with it early.
"I grew up on a farm with plenty
of dark sky overhead," says Whitt, astronomer and instructor at Fernbank
Science Center in Atlanta. "The stars
were so beautiful, and I loved the
mythology associated with them. I
read lots of astronomy books. In college [at State University of New York
Fredonia], our little planetarium was
hiring people to give presentations,
and the rest is history."
These days, the light pollution of
cities and suburbs is a growing challenge for stargazers. "It's harder for
kids to see the wonders of the sky,
but planetariums help fill the gap,"
Planetariums make it easier to
excite and educate kids and adults
about our limitless universe. Fortunately, Georgia boasts an abundance
of planetariums, observatories and
resources for space explorers.
With its 70-foot-diameter dome
and 500 seats, the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium at Fernbank Science
Center is one of the largest sky the-
The Spitz SciDome 4K projection system at
Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta wows
school groups and others who visit the center's Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium.
More than 20,000 schoolchildren visit the Tellus Science Museum's Bentley Planetarium
each year. The Cartersville planetarium has eight shows daily.
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