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Rollins Planetarium Show Explores “Extreme Planets”

Monday, April 30, 2012

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

Rollins Planetarium Show Explores “Extreme Planets”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present the full-dome show “Extreme Planets” during May, June, July and August. The shows are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on the following Friday evenings: May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8, July 6, July 13 and Aug. 3. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

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.

O. Wayne 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. Recently renovated with comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year. Rollins Planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center on the campus of Young Harris College.

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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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