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Public Shows

The 2014-2015 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
  • 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.


Fall 2014 

Back to the Moon for Good

Presented August 22, 29 & September 19 & 26 at 8 p.m.
Like in the Moon’s glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big, white space neighbor is again enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the Moon for good. Narrated by actor and comedian Tim Allen, this award-winning show chronicles teams around the world competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized award in history. To win, teams must place a robot on the Moon’s surface, navigate 500 meters and successfully transmit high- definition images back to Earth. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for a future on the Moon. This show was created by NSC Creative and is a production of XPRIZE.

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

Click here to view the trailer.

Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.           Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.

Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.          Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.


 

Fright Light Laser Concert

Presented October 24, 31 at 7 & 8 p.m.
Have a spooktacular time this Halloween with a howling good mix of tunes set
to amazing laser lights from SkyLase, the only full-dome, full-color, solid-state laser projection system, and enhanced by our stunning Chronos star projector. Classic “monster music” favorites like “Ghostbusters,” “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” are sure to send a tingle down your spine!

Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.           Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.           Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

Season of Light

Special Holiday Presentation

Presented November 21 & December 5 at 7 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. 

Click here to view the trailer.

Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.           Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
 


 

KID'S NIGHT

Magic Tree House: Space Mission
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 a wondrous journey of adventure and learning.
November 14 at 7 p.m.

 

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Nov. 14 at 7 p.m


 

Let It Snow

A Holiday Music Journey

Presented November 21 & December 5 at 8 p.m.
TThis family friendly new 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.

Click here to view the trailer.

Nov. 21 at 8 p.m           Dec. 5 at 8 p.m

Dec. 12 at 8 p.m
 

Spring 2015

 


 

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Presented January 23 & 30, February 20 & 27, and March 20 at 8 p.m.
There’s a place from which nothing escapes, not even light—where time and space literally come to an end. It is at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos and our imaginations. This exciting full-dome production, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson, brings the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Zip through wormholes, witness the collision of giant galaxies and experience a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Cutting-edge science and Einstein’s theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?

Click here to view the trailer.


 

KIDS NIGHT

Earth, Moon and Sun
Help Coyote explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun through Native American stories that distinguish between myths and science in this humorous show. This show is a production of Morehead Planetarium and is distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
March 27 at 7 p.m.

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Cosmic Concert: Pink Floyd's The Wall

Presented April 17, 24 at 7 & 8 p.m.
Pink Floyd’s 1979 concept album The Wall was performed live with elaborate theatrical effects and even adapted into a feature film. Now it takes on a whole new look under the dome, as this gripping and spellbinding musical tale is coupled with mesmerizing laser art. Considered to be one of the best rock albums of all time, The Wall is beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. Audiences will be transported on a captivating and timeless journey during one of the most popular laser shows ever produced.

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

Dynamic Earth

Presented May 22, 29, June 19 and July 24, 31 at 8:30 p.m.
Narrated by Liam Neeson, this award-winning show explores the inner workings of the global climate, Earth’s great life support system. With amazing visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this state-of-the-art production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into fiery volcanoes!

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4th of JULY COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser Country
This star-spangled extravaganza is a boot-scootin’ good time for every generation! From Garth Brooks to Patsy Cline, this show features some of the greatest country hits of all time.
July 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Laser Spirit
This inspirational show will make you proud to be an American through laser effects, beautiful images, and a mix of pop, classic rock, oldies, and patriotic music.
July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

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