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Josiah Meigs

Josiah Meigs

Josiah Meigs, the second president of the University of Georgia, implemented the state's first physics curriculum at the university in 1801. During the following ten years, Meigs also served as the only professor of natural philosophy and conducted research in meterology and astronomy.

Georgia Tech Physics Building

Georgia Tech Physics Building

This photograph of the physics building at the Georgia Institute of Technology appeared in 1925 in the school's yearbook, The Blueprint. During the 1920s and 1930s, department head J. B. Edwards focused on applied research, forging strong connections with public and private companies.

Rollins Planetarium

Rollins Planetarium

Rollins Planetarium, on the campus of Young Harris College in Towns County, opened in 1979 and is one of the largest planetariums in the state. The Young Harris College Observatory, also located on campus, houses a sixteen-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, which is used in undergraduate astronomy courses.

Courtesy of Kent Montgomery

Fernbank Telescope

Fernbank Telescope

A telescope at the Fernbank Planetarium, part of the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, offers the public an opportunity to observe the night sky. The center has offered astronomy education since 1967.

Courtesy of Fernbank Science Center

Valdosta State University Planetarium

Valdosta State University Planetarium

The Spitz A3P projector creates an image of the night sky against the dome of the Valdosta State University Planetarium. The school is one of only three in the state to offer an undergraduate degree in astronomy.

Courtesy of Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Valdosta State University

Hard Labor Creek Observatory

Hard Labor Creek Observatory

The Hard Labor Creek Observatory, managed by Georgia State University, is located within the Hard Labor Creek Park in Rutledge. The observatory houses several telescopes, including the Multiple Telescope Telescope (MTT), the largest in the Southeast.

Photograph by Reed L. Riddle

Fernbank Planetarium

Fernbank Planetarium

The seventy-foot planetarium at the Fernbank Science Center is one of the largest in the country.

Courtesy of Fernbank Science Center

Nuclear Threat Initiative Board

Nuclear Threat Initiative Board

Members of the board for the Nuclear Threat Initiative include, back row, left to right: Fujia Yang, Eugene E. Habiger, Hisashi Owada, Susan Eisenhower, Sam Nunn, Ted Turner, Andrei Kokoshin, Jessica Mathews, Charles B. Curtis, Prince El Hassan bin Talal. Front row, left to right: William Perry, Rolf Ekeus, Richard G. Lugar, Nafis Sadik.

Courtesy of Nuclear Threat Initiative

Mark Smith Planetarium

Mark Smith Planetarium

In the Museum of Arts and Science's planetarium the night sky is recreated with more than 4,000 twinkling stars. Planetarium shows are presented daily, and a weekly program provides the latest information about current and upcoming celestial events.

Courtesy of Explore Georgia.

Rollins Planetarium

Rollins Planetarium

The Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College opened in 1979 and is one of the largest in the state.

Courtesy of Kent Montgomery

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

The Coca-Cola Space Science Center at Columbus State University in Columbus opened in 1996. The facility offers astronomy classes, sponsors mobile astronomy programs, and houses the Mead Observatory, which features a remote-controlled sixteen-inch solar observing telescope.

Image from Visit Columbus GA

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