The North Georgia Astronomical Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by University of North Georgia, just 61 miles (98 km) northeast of Marietta, Georgia. It serves as home to the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium, where students and the general public can explore the night sky as seen from Earth or into the cosmos to explore other worlds in the dome-shaped theater. Camping is not allowed here, however admission is open to students any clear night Monday through Friday while classes are in session, as well as the general public on Friday nights for shows and more beginning at 9:30 p.m. For more information, please visit online or call 706-864-8642.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.