Atlanta has had a lot of stars in town this summer...movie-making galore!
But there are other stars who are here all the time and always will be...and you don't have to have a Hollywood connection to see them. A visit to the Fernbank Science Center's Observatory and you can see the most brilliant stars, planets, and the occasional full moon...and while they don't give autographs, star-gazing tends to be much more romantic than celebrity-spotting!
Part of the Dekalb County Public Schools system, the Fernbank Observatory is open to visitors--for public viewing--Thursday and Friday evenings (weather permitting) to see the night sky. It's free of charge and is open 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
|Fernbank Science Center Observatory|
The viewing is hosted by a astronomy professional, usually someone who is enthusiastic about their particular field, enhancing the experience all the more.
If you want a more comprehensive visit, for only $4, there's a planetarium show immediately preceding the opening of the Observatory.
If you really want to impress your friends and/or date, visit the Fernbank Science Center's website to review "This Week's Sky at a Glance" to see what's visible in the current sky. For example, this week, about an hour before sunrise, Betelgeuse, Venus and Jupiter are visible in the east and shortly after sunset in the east and straight up, Vega is the brightest star.
Just so you know, the Fernbank Science Center is not part of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, so if making plans to meet there, be clear on which "Fernbank" you're visiting.
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