Where to see stars in Georgia

Where to see the STARS in Georgia! Observatories, Stargazing & Planetariums



Where to see stars in GeorgiaAs we approach the shortest nights of the year, and consequently the longest & hottest days of the year, you may be looking for a way to get out and enjoy the evening cool down. Stargazing & learning a little about astronomy is a great way to enjoy summer evenings when it seems like everybody stays up a little later.

Listed by date & alphabetical city, you can find a nearby event or activity to occupy your summer evenings. You'll learn some constellations, observe the night sky through powerful telescopes and maybe see some meteor showers!

First up are some great places, you can visit any day during visitor hours, to learn more about space & stars.

Atlanta - Fernbank Science Center - More Information
The Fernbank Science Center website isn't currently operating. But, this is a free resource for scientific exploration in Metro Atlanta. The planetarium requires a minimal fee and there are many community events. More details when the website is functional.
156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307

Columbus - Coca Cola Space Science Center - More Information
Located in Columbus, Georgia, the Coca Cola Space Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility with a Challenger Learning Center, Theater & Observatory. Visit the exhibits Monday thru Saturday for an admission of $4-$6.
701 Front Ave, Columbus, GA 31901

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Astronomy Events - June 2014

Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
June 20, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new windowis located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597).

Mansfield - Charlie Elliott Astronomy - More Information
June 21, 8:30pm - Free (although a parking pass may be required)
The monthly observing session at Jon Wood Astronomy Field. The observing field is located off Elliott Trail at the  Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield Georgia.  Everyone is welcome.  Please do not enter the field with lights after dark.  Please use red lights only. Read about Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055

Pine Mountain - Star Light, Star Bright at FDR State Park - More Information
June 21, 9PM - Free (State Parks Parking Pass Required $5)
Join the Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office on Hwy 190.
2970 Ga. Highway 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822


All Georgia - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower - More Information
July 28 - July 29 Peaking
This year the Delta Aquarids are expected to peak, during a thin crescent moon, on the night of July 28th and the morning of July 29th. Viewing will be excellent provided your skies are cooperative. Find a nice area with dark skies and dress warmly and look up for this respectable sky show. For information on good observation sites, in Georgia, visit the next page.

Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
June 27, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new windowis located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597).

Fargo - Astronomy at Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
June 28, 9PM - $3 (State Parks Parking Pass also required, $5)
Observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. See a slideshow from our visit to Stephen C Foster State Park.
17515 Hwy 177, Fargo, GA 31631


Rutledge - Hard Labor Creek State Park Night Sky Observation - More Information
June 27, 9:30pm - Free (State Park Parking Pass Required $5)
Education talk about interesting aspects of the night sky. Please provide telescopes.
5 Labor creek road, Rutledge, GA 30663

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Astronomy Events - July  2014


Jekyll Island -  4-H Tidelands Nature Center - More Information
July 2, 9pm - $4-$6
Stars on the Water is a great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Read my posts from Jekyll Island.

Rutledge - Star Gazing Kayak Tour at Hard Labor Creek - More Information & Registration
July 4 & 5, 8:30pm - $15 (State Park Parking Pass Required $5)
Hard Labor Creek State Park is just far enough from Atlanta to have a really dark sky - perfect for stargazers. Join this guided paddle and enjoy the stars, and night sounds on this after dark kayak tour. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
5 Labor creek road, Rutledge, GA 30663

Fargo - Astronomy at Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
July 5, 9PM - $3 (State Parks Parking Pass also required, $5)
Observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. See a slideshow from our visit to Stephen C Foster State Park.
17515 Hwy 177, Fargo, GA 31631
 

Cartersville - Tellus Museum Observatory Open House - More Information
July 11, 9pm - $5 non-members (Free for members)
Come enjoy the wonders of the sky using Tellus’ 20-inch telescope. Possible sights: The Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and the double star Alberio.
100 Tellus Dr, Cartersville, GA 30120


Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
July 11, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new windowis located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597).

Rutledge - Hard Labor Creek Observatory Open House - More Information
July 12, 8:15pm - Free
Tours & observations begin 30 minutes after sunset and run for two hours. In case of inclement weather, the facilities will still be open for a tour and a brief slideshow. Please see more information link for directions and special instructions.

Statesboro - Georgia Southern Planetarium Day Time Show - More Information
July 12, 11am - Free
Full Dome Planetarium Presentation - Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe. Please visit the More Information link for special directions and parking info. 

Jekyll Island -  4-H Tidelands Nature Center - More Information
July 16, 9pm - $4-$6
Stars on the Water is a great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Read my posts from Jekyll Island.

Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
July 18, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new windowis located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597).

Jekyll Island -  4-H Tidelands Nature Center - More Information
July 18, 9pm - $4-$6
Stars on the Water is a great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Read my posts from Jekyll Island.

Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
July 25, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new windowis located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597

Mansfield - Charlie Elliott Astronomy - More Information
July 25, 8:30pm - Free (although a parking pass may be required)
The monthly observing session at Jon Wood Astronomy Field. The observing field is located off Elliott Trail at the  Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield Georgia.  Everyone is welcome.  Please do not enter the field with lights after dark.  Please use red lights only. 
543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055

Fargo - Astronomy at Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
July 26, 9PM - $3 (State Parks Parking Pass also required, $5)
Observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best.
17515 Hwy 177, Fargo, GA 31631


Lumpkin - Providence Canyon State Park Astronomy Night - More Information
July 26, 7pm - Free (State Park Parking Pass Required $5)
Providence Canyon is an ideal location to view night skies because there is virtually no light pollution. Join Columbus State University as they reveal the night skies through the use of telescopes and share mythological stories about the constellations.
8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815

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Astronomy Events - August, 2014

Dahlonega Univ of North Georgia Planetarium Free Public Education Show - More Information
Aug 1, 7:30pm - Free
Free, one hour public education shows. The current show is "Red Baron and the Bloody Moon," which is about Mars and the possibility of other planets supporting life. Some seasonal stars & constellations will also be featured. Opens for seating at 7:30pm with the show beginning promptly at 8PM.
The George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium new window is located in the H&NS Building on the UNG campus (GPS address to H&NS building: L35, Sunset Dr., Dahlonega, GA 30597).

Fargo - Astronomy at Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
Aug 2, 9PM - $3 (State Parks Parking Pass also required, $5)
Observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best.
17515 Hwy 177, Fargo, GA 31631


Rutledge - Hard Labor Creek Observatory Open House - More Information
Aug 2, 8:15pm - Free
Tours & observations begin 30 minutes after sunset and run for two hours. In case of inclement weather, the facilities will still be open for a tour and a brief slideshow. Please see more information link for directions and special instructions.

Lavonia -  Tugaloo State Park Night Time Astronomy with Atl Astronomy Club - More  Information
Aug 2, 8:30 pm - Free (State Park Parking Pass Required $5)
Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes. Members of the club will be on hand to assist.
1763 Tugalo State Park Rd, Lavonia, GA 30553

Richmond Hill - Fort McAllister Full Moon Star Gazers Party - More Information
Aug 8, 7PM - $7 (State Park Parking Pass Required $5)
Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU, will be here to help you discover and define the starry sky. For more Full Moon events, happening this summer, check out the Full Moon Fun page.
3894 Fort Mcallister Road, Richmond Hill, GA 31324


All of Georgia - Perseids Meteor Shower - More Information
Aug 11-13
The Perseid Meteor shower should peak Aug 11 - 13. A bright moon may interfere with viewing. For dark sky viewing locations, check out the next page.

Statesboro - Georgia Southern Planetarium Public Evening Show - More Information
August 29, 6pm - Free
Full Dome Planetarium Shows happening every half-hour from 6pm - 8:30pm.  Show titled, "Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope" Please view the "More Information" link for special instructions about directions & parking.

Fargo - Astronomy at Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
Aug 30, 9PM - $3 (State Parks Parking Pass also required, $5)
Observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best.
17515 Hwy 177, Fargo, GA 31631


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Good Dark Sky Locations to Visit Anytime
Have you been wondering where to find the best views of our night sky? Here are some excellent options for stargazers.

Blairsville - Brasstown Bald - More Information
Parking Fee $3
Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia. Atlanta Astronomy Club often uses Brasstown Bald as an observing location.

Fargo - Stephen C Foster State Park - More Information
State Park Parking Pass Required, $5 - Camping Available
According to ClearDarkSky, this Okefenokee park is one of the best viewing locations in Georgia: The sky is crowded with stars, extending to the horizon in all directions. In the absence of haze the M.W. can be seen to the horizon. Clouds appear as black silhouettes against the sky. Stars look large and close.

Fort Valley - Calvary Chapel Hearland - More Information & Directions
Middle Georgia Astronomical Society Observation Property

Mansfield - Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center - More Information
Jon Wood Astronomy Field at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Camping is available for a fee.

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