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Fernbank Observatory - Fernbank Science Center - Atlanta, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 33° 46.740 W 084° 19.084
16S E 748344 N 3740885
Quick Description: The Fernbank Observatory, at the Fernbank Science Center, houses a 0.9 meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10 meter (30 ft.) dome.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 7/26/2007 1:11:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM1XCB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 190

Long Description:
The Fernbank Observatory, at the Fernbank Science Center, houses a 0.9 meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10 meter (30 ft.) dome. This is the largest telescope in the southeastern United States and one of the largest instruments ever dedicated to education and public viewing.

In addition to educational classes for school students, free public observing open houses are offered every Thursday and Friday evening from 8:00 p.m. (or dark) until 10:30 p.m. weather permitting. An astronomer will be available to position the telescope and answer questions. For more information contact 678-874-7102.

The Fernbank Science Center also includes:

The Fernbank Forest; a 65-acre tract of relatively undisturbed mature mixed hardwood forest.

The exhibit hall spans some 9000 square feet and circles the planetarium theater.

The Jim Cherry Memorial has a 500-seat theater, equipped with a 70-foot dome, a Mark V Zeiss star projector, and over 100 special effects projectors. This is one of the largest planetariums in the United States and is the only major planetarium owned and operated by a public school system.

There is also a Meteorology and Seismology Lab.
Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: Yes

Radio Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: Yes

Public Viewing Allowed?: Yes

Active Observatory?: Active

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 1

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1967

Solar Telescopes?: Not listed

Is this a Club Observatory?: Not listed

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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