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Public Shows

The 2015-2016 season at O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features more than 30 Friday-evening public shows. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for best seats. No late seating is permitted. Public planetarium shows, with the exception of Cosmic Concerts, include a live-narrated “seasonal stargazing” segment in addition to the featured full-dome program. The Young Harris College Observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is open at 9 p.m. on the same Friday evenings the planetarium is open, if skies are clear. The observatory is located approximately 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour.

 

ADMISSION

  • Adults: $5
  • Children & Non-YHC Students: $3
  • YHC Students/Faculty/Staff: Free
  • Purchase tickets in advance online!

Tickets also available at the door 30 minutes prior to show.

For answers to frequently asked questions about our public planetarium shows, click here.

From Earth to the Universe

Presented August 21 & 28, September 18 & October 2 at 8 p.m.

This awesome voyage through space and time conveys the Universe as revealed to us by science. Featuring a sweeping soundtrack and truly amazing images, this new full-dome show allows audiences to revel in the splendor of the worlds in our solar system and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. Travel to the colorful birthplaces and cataclysmic burial grounds of the stars. Then, journey farther beyond our Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of myriads of galaxies, as today’s giant telescopes allow us to probe ever deeper into the cosmos.
 
Aug. 21 at 8 p.m.
 
 
 
Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
 

Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

Halloween Laser Spooktacular

Presented Oct. 23, 30 at 7 & 8 p.m.

Get ready to mash with monsters in this spellbinding sing-along featuring classic Halloween hits such as “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Purple People Eater” along with a sprinkling of crowd-pleasing current pop and rock songs. Floating laser caricatures and animations of legendary Halloween personalities, enhanced by our Chronos star projector, make for a fun time on an epic scale. Halloween has never looked so dazzling—trick or treat!
 
Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.
 
 
Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.
 

Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Presented Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Take a rollercoaster ride across the universe with the lovable, wacky cast of alien characters from the awardwinning TV series, The Zula Patrol, while learning about astronomy and weather. Ride along with the Zula Patrol as they try to save the solar system’s weather from interplanetary villain Dark Truder.
Appropriate for children and families.
 
Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Skies Over Georgia

Presented Nov. 13 & April 1 at 8 p.m.

Featuring a live presenter and using the planetarium’s digital and optical star projectors to their fullest, this traditional star show allows audiences to explore the heavens as they appear above the mountains of north Georgia. Learn how to identify the planets and stars currently visible in the night sky, take a guided tour of the constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories. Appropriate for general audiences.
 
Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.
 
 

Let It Snow

Presented Nov. 20 & December 4, 11 at 7 p.m.

This family friendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages.
 
Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
 

Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

 

Season of Light

Presented November 20 & December 4, 11 at 8 p.m.
 
This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, the show explores the traditions surrounding the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season—from the burning Yule log and the lighting of luminarias, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Come and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky.
 
Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
 
 
Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
 

 

Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.