Notice: Fernbank Museum will open at 11am on Sunday, April 30 so that we may honor our volunteers during a private special event.
This unique feature gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the stars and constellations that can be seen with the naked eye in the nighttime sky. The gallery stars range from the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, to some of the faintest visible from Atlanta. The represented gradations in brightness are as sensitive as can be discerned by the naked eye.
Each star was carefully plotted on the ceiling, forming an illuminated star chart. The fibers used to create the stars vary in diameter, allowing them to shine with 22 varying degrees of brightness. More than six miles of fiber optic wires accurately portray the 542 stars twinkling above.
SkyWatch screens provide daily programming about constellations, planets and astronomical events.
Visitors can find the stars in The Star Gallery using the following guide:
Make star gazing part of your next special event.