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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

Ralph Buice Jr. Observatory

The Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory 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.

Free public observations are offered every Thursday and Friday evening from 9:00 pm (or dark) until 10:30 pm (weather permitting).  An astronomer will be available to position the telescope and answer questions. For more information and to confirm hours contact us at 678-874-7102.

Planetarium and Observatory Contacts

April Whitt- Astronomer

Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist and Meterorites

Volunteer Oportunity

Share your passion for all things astronomical by volunteering in the Buice Observatory. This position involves assisting Observatory staff in running public programs at our Thursday and Friday evening open houses, as well as any special programming.

Contact Mark Lancaster for more information