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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.

STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe

Presented January 22 & 29, February 19 & 26 and March 18 at 8 p.m.

Every star has a story—some as old as time, faint and almost forgotten, and others that burn bright and end in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. They release the energy that lights the cosmos. Journey through the galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Explore the powerhouses of the universe and man’s relationship with the night sky throughout history. Narrated by Mark Hamill—best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars—the show features stunning 3D animation and is suitable for all ages. 
 

Jan. 29 at 8 p.m.

Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.

Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

March 18 at 8 p.m.

 

Led Zeppelin Cosmic Concert

Presented April 22 & 29 at 7 & 8 p.m.

Led Zeppelin’s cosmic concert remains one of the most popular music shows ever performed in planetariums. Back by popular demand, this fulldome extravaganza is ready to rock Rollins Planetarium! Experience a series of fantastical and surrealistic settings on a captivating journey led by this legendary rock band. Specifically designed to completely immerse you into an ever-changing landscape of sight and sound, the soundtrack includes Led Zeppelin classics such as “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Rock and Roll.” 

 

April 22 at 7 p.m.

April 22 at 8 p.m.

April 29 at 7 p.m.

April 29 at 8 p.m.

 

Solar Quest and Aurora Storm

Presented May 20 & 27, June 17 and July 22 & 29 at 8 p.m.

This pairing of shows provides an intriguing overview of the Sun-Earth environment. “Solar Quest” demonstrates how Sun and Earth are interconnected using high-quality animations to display solar surface features and events. Discover how space weather affects us and how Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field protect life on our planet. “Aurora Storm” is an enthralling scientific and cultural exploration of the aurora borealis. Travel to Alaska to witness the mesmerizing dance of the northern lights, and learn what they mean to scientists and the inhabitants of the polar regions. Discover the causes of the aurorae and how humans who live beneath their shimmering light are inspired by what they see. The show is narrated by two Athabascan Alaska natives.
 
May 20 at 8 p.m.
 
 
May 27 at 8 p.m.
 

June 17 at 8 p.m.

July 22 at 8 p.m.

July 29 at 8 p.m.

 

Skies Over Georgia

Presented 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.
 
April 1 at 8 p.m.
 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Presented April 1 at 7 p.m.

Travel to space with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they answer questions left in a mysterious note. The brother-sister duo is taken on an adventurous journey of learning with special friends. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the Universe where Jack and Annie nearly get… Well, we don’t want to give it away. The adventure is just beginning! Appropriate for children & families.
 
April 1 at 7 p.m.
 

Summer Laser Jam

Presented July 1 at 7 p.m.
 
Featuring music that evokes images of sunny beaches and cool sea breezes, Summer Laser Jam goes where no other laser show has gone before—on summer vacation! Take a break from the real sun and experience a cool indoor oasis during this family-friendly show! 
 
July 1 at 7 p.m.
 

American Pride Laser Spectacular

Presented July 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Celebrate America's spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration with this musical laser extravaganza that highlights several US historical events. America's diversity is her strength, and American Pride celebrates that theme with an exciting mix of patriotic and current pop/rock music.
 
July 1 at 8 p.m.