YHC’s Rollins Planetarium to Host Special Kids Night for Families

Friday, October 19, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu  

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium to Host Special Kids Night for Families

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present the show “Earth, Moon and Sun” as part of a special Kids Night program for children and families on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

Explore the relationship between the Earth, moon and sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American traditions. Learn why the sun rises and sets and the basics of solar energy. Examine the moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. This show is a production of Morehead Planetarium, distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Ranked third largest in Georgia by dome size, Rollins Planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a state-of-the-art full-dome digital projection system, the Sky-Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater. In addition to a full annual schedule of evening public shows, it offers daytime educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year. Located in the Maxwell Center on the campus of Young Harris College, Rollins Planetarium will be the host of the 2011 Southeastern Planetarium Association Conference in June, making it only the third planetarium in Georgia to host the event since it began in 1970.

If skies are clear, the Young Harris College Observatory is open immediately after planetarium shows. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is located about 1.5 miles from campus at Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour and include a guided tour of the constellations. The observatory is open on the same dates as Rollins Planetarium.

For more information about planetarium and observatory events, call (706) 379-5195 or visit www.yhc.edu.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.