10 Years of Southern Stargazing: Celebrating Georgia Tech's Observatory

Join the activities on April 6, 2017, to celebrate 10 years of the Georgia Tech Observatory. Events are free and open to the public.

Since April 2007, the Georgia Tech Observatory has offered stargazers a close-up glimpse of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and other night-sky wonders. Originally intended to build interest in astronomy among undergrads, the observatory has become one of the most popular Georgia Tech sites to visit. Public Nights are held on a Thursday evening during most months. Community groups are frequent visitors.

Located on the roof of the Howey Physics Building, the observatory is essential in the teaching and learning of astronomy and is in constant use during the academic year by students.

The observatory's telescopes include a 20-inch Officina Stellare and a 14-inch Meade.


A public lecture by Glenn Burns
Chief meteorologist, WSB-TV

The destination for the 1960s Apollo missions was the Moon, but the premiere of Star Trek in 1966 got the nation thinking about possibilities  beyond our Solar System. What about other galaxies, alien life, faster-than-light travel?

Glenn Burns, WSB-TV’s chief meteorologist, will discuss how a unique blend of science fact and science fiction inspires generations of astronomers. 

Burns has been with WSB-TV since 1981 and has won numerous awards, including  Associated Press Weathercaster of the Year. 

April 6, 2017, 7:30-8:30 PM
Room 152, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 Fourth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Hosted by Philip Groce
Planetarium design consultant

Stargazers will enter a 20-foot-diameter, high-resolution planetarium installed in the Clough Atrium. Groce, president of Helping Planetariums Succeed, will take you on a tour of the known universe and preview the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.

April 6, 2017, 9:30 AM to Noon, 1-5 PM
Atrium, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 Fourth St. NW Atlanta, GA 30314

Hosted by James Sowell 
Director, Georgia Tech Observatory

Weather permitting, Georgia Tech rolls back the roof on the observatory on top of the Howey Physics Building.

April 6, 2017, 8-11 PM
Howey Physics Building, 837 State St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 

Event Details


  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    - 11:59 pm
Location: Georgia Tech Campus

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For More Information Contact

Renay San Miguel
Communications Officer II/Science Writer
College of Sciences