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See the stars of ‘Harry Potter’ shine

POSTED: January 27, 2011 12:30 a.m.

Author J.K. Rowling may have made Harry Potter a household name, but the folks at the Coleman Planetarium in Dahlonega are working to spread the word across the universe.

Every Friday through April 15, the planetarium on the campus of North Georgia College & State University hosts a new show, "The Secret Stars of Harry Potter."

The free event is a part of the center's Observatory-Planetarium Public Education Night series and begins at 8 p.m. Fridays.

During the presentation, staff will connect the dots between a few characters in the popular book series and the stars in the night sky.

Although they're saving some of the best correlations for the show, center staff have shared one link.

"Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, is a wizard that can change form into a large dog," said Joe Jones, North Georgia associate physics professor.

"Sirius is the brightest actual star in the sky and is called the dog star because it is the brightest star in the constellation of Canis Major - the Big Dog."

After the show, if the weather permits, attendees will be invited for telescope viewing of the night sky from the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory.

Since there's only room for 46 participants, early arrival is encouraged. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Although the one-hour show will be presented every Friday through April, it will be closed March 18 during the school's spring break.

The planetarium is located on the campus at 82 College Circle Drive, Dahlonega, in the Health and Natural Sciences Building.

For more information about the show, call 706-864-1471 or e-mail


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