Good Day Atlanta viewer information: July 30, 2021

Stargazing at the North Georgia Astronomical Observatory: 

It’s been just more than a year since Good Day Atlanta checked out the progress being made on the new $1.4 million observatory at the University of North Georgia.

This morning, we finally got a look inside — not to mention a look at the stars through the facility’s two new telescopes.

The North Georgia Astronomical Observatory is currently open to the general public for walk-in telescope viewing on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 p.m. to midnight (weather permitting) and daytime hours by request.  The new 3,200-square-foot facility was approved by the University System of Georgia in January of 2019 and funded by UNG and was built on the same site as the former observatory.  

As observatory director Dr. Greg Feiden told us about the previous observatory last year, "[It] was starting to show its age. In some spots, the walls were literally crumbling, and the basement flooded, and … in that sense, the structure itself was kind of losing its integrity."  

Feiden says having two telescopes instead of one allows students and researchers better study a single object, not to mention allowing more people from the general public to use the facility at the same time. Daily updates are posted on the facility’s Facebook page, which will alert visitors to weather conditions or other issues that might affect operating hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays — you can check out the Facebook page here.

The North Georgia Astronomical Observatory is located at 3000 Dawsonville Highway in Dahlonega, near the UNG campus — click the video player to check out our morning exploring this new out-of-this-world addition to North Georgia!

Deji Laray & Thomas Q. Jones talk new show "Johnson" premiering on Bounce TV: 

"Johnson" is created by, written by, and starring Black men. Cedric the Entertainer is producing and D.L. Hughley stars along with Deji Laray, who is also the show creator; and Thomas Q. Jones, who is a producer and stars as "Omar." The topics addressed by this show - divorce, interracial love, sexuality, finances, manhood - are rarely seen on television. The new drama series will premiere on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. with back-to-back episodes. Watch the trailer here.

Welcome DJ Shockley to FOX 5 Atlanta: Former Atlanta Falcon DJ Shockley is now a member of the FOX 5 Atlanta High 5 Sports team. We give him a warm welcome and discuss his Mark Richt interview, as well as what viewers can expect from him as a member of the team. You can follow him on Instagram @DJShock3

Pike Nurseries expert Rena Sartain joins us with a list of summer lawn and garden to-do's:" For more information on Pike Nurseries click here.

Radio personality Jekalyn Carr from Praise 102.5 shares tips for personal growth:  For more information on "Jekalyn Carr's Family Affair" radio show click here.

Pet of the day from Best Friends Animal Society:  For more information on how you can adopt today's pet of the day click here.