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Public Shows

The 2013-2014 season at O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features more than 30 Friday-evening public shows. Presentations generally begin at 8 p.m., mid-August to April, and 8:30 p.m., May to early August. Arrive early for best seats. No late seating permitted. If skies are clear, the Young Harris College Observatory is open immediately following planetarium shows. The observatory is located about 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and observing sessions last up to one hour and include a guided tour of the constellations.

Admission

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

Tickets available 30 minutes prior to show.

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


Fall 2013 SEASON

Heart of the Sun

Presented August 23 & 30, September 20 & 27 and November 15 & 22 at 8 p.m.
Experience our closest star, the Sun, from a new perspective. This full-dome show by awardwinning IMAX director John Weiley takes you inside the Sun in breathtaking high definition. Space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of Earth-based instruments, capture both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity. From the Neolithic skywatchers of Europe to the solar observatories of Mesoamerica to the dawning of modern science, Heart of the Sun reveals how the development of our cosmology has been informed by our struggle to understand this living star that continues to challenge our imagination today.

This show is a production of Heliograph Productions and is distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Halloween Laser Spooktacular

Presented October 18 & 25 at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
This Halloween, experience a howling good time with a spooktacular mix of tunes including “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Purple People Eater” and a host of other crowd favorites. Giant laser caricatures of classic Halloween personalities—like the Great Pumpkin, Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy—are set to amazing laser lights enhanced by our stunning Chronos star projector, making for a fun program that is appropriate for all ages. It’s sure to send a tingle down your spine! Check out a preview of the show below:

 

Season of Light

Special Holiday Presentation

Presented December 6 & 13 at 7 p.m. & 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. Check out a preview of the show below:

Season of Light fulldome show trailer from Loch Ness Productions on Vimeo.

Spring 2014 SEASON

 

Ice Worlds

Presented January 17 & 24, February 21 & 28, and March 21 at 8 p.m.
Take a tour of frozen vistas throughout our
solar system to explore the critical relationship between ice and life. Studying our neighbors in space increases understanding of the natural cycles and human influence on ice, snow and water on Earth and its ever-changing climate. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for Ice Worlds.

Download the activity sheet for Ice Worlds.

Laser Pink Floyd: "Dark Side of the Moon"

Presented April 18 & 25 at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
This full-dome extravaganza is ready to rock Rollins Planetarium! Surround yourself with the dazzling sights and sounds of Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking album, a psychedelic masterpiece released 40 years ago that still stands as the ultimate expression of the band’s sonic artistry. This journey to The Dark Side of the Moon features classic hits such as “Money,” “Time,” “Us and Them,” and “The Great Gig in the Sky.”

Not recommended for viewers who have conditions that could be aggravated by loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars and other similar effects.

KID'S NIGHT: The Friendly Stars

Presented March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Recommended for pre-K to second grade
Ideal for the youngest planetarium-goers, this show provides a highlighted tour of the solar system and an introduction to the daytime and nighttime skies. The Friendly Stars includes delightful animation sequences and a live-narrated performance. Check out a preview of the show below:

Download the Educator Guide for The Friendly Stars.

 

Extreme Planets

Presented May 16 & 23, June 20 & 27 and July 18 at 8:30 p.m.
Just over a decade ago, no known planets orbited Sun-like stars outside our solar system. Today, all that has changed. In recent years, accelerated developments in astronomy have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets—with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. While it may be years before direct images of the surfaces of these worlds are available, this show gives audiences an idea of what they might look like—up close and personal! Narrated by René Auberjonois of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, this show explores the idea of what “Earth-like” really means and takes audiences on an immersive journey to worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren't science fiction anymore. Check out a preview of the show below:

Summer Starry Night

A traditional live star show for general audiences.
Presented July 25 at 8:30 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 summer constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories.