Stars align for new observatory

A new state-of-the-art facility will replace UNG’s 20-year-old North Georgia Astronomical Observatory and will feature two new telescopes that will allow students to see deeper into space. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the project in January; the facility should open in summer 2020.

The facility will stand on top of a hill about four miles from the Dahlonega Campus, near UNG’s Pine Valley Recreation Facility. The estimated construction cost of the 3,200-square-foot building is about $1.4 million.

The new academic facility will be open to the public following regular Friday night programs at UNG’s George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium.