Whether you’re tracking constellations or seeking shooting stars, metro Atlanta offers stellar spots for stargazing, both indoors and out. Visit one of these planetariums or observatories to scan the night skies.

Hard Labor Creek Observatory

Georgia State University at Hard Labor Creek State Park
This observatory has a 24-inch telescope as well as others that allow stargazers a view of galaxies and planets. Monthly public nights held from March to October (weather permitting).

The Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory

Fernbank Science Center
Visit this observatory for a 36-inch reflector beneath a large dome to view stars. Astronomers on hand to offer insight on planets and stars.

Georgia Tech Observatory

Howey Physics Building
The observatory opens for free public nights one Thursday a month (excluding May-August); see website for dates and times. Weather permitting, visitors can view the sky through a 20-inch diameter telescope and listen to astronomy faculty discuss the stars currently visible.

Bradley Observatory

Agnes Scott College
This observatory contains the 70-seat Delafield Planetarium and an observing plaza for astronomical viewing, including the 30-inch Lewis H. Beck telescope for stargazing. Visit during free open houses held monthly during the academic year for a lecture, a planetarium show and observing with telescopes (weather permitting).

Tellus Observatory

Tellus Science Museum’s Observatory gives visitors a view of the night sky through a 20-inch telescope. Tours of the observatory are available during select special events (check website).

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