YHC’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2011-2012 Season

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2011-2012 Season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium of Young Harris College will present nine exciting shows for the 2011-2012 season. The season opens with the premiere of “Earth, Moon and Sun” on Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. The show will also be presented on the following Friday evenings: Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 16, 23 and 30. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

“Earth, Moon and Sun” allows audiences to explore the relationship between these famous celestial bodies with Coyote, an entertaining character adapted from Native American oral history traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Coyote’s confusion about the universe will cause audiences to consider how the Earth, moon and sun work together as a system. Learn why the sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Examine the moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. Families will enjoy this humorous and fast-paced fulldome show, while audiences of all ages will enjoy distinguishing between myths and science with the help of legendary Native American tales. This show is a production of Morehead Planetarium distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Next in the season lineup is a spooktacular showing of “Fright Light” laser concert featuring classic “monster music” favoriteslike “Monster Mash,” “Thriller” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and many more. This special Halloween show will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.

“Season of Light,” a special holiday presentation, will light up the winter season at the Rollins Planetarium on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. 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 to the lighting of luminarias, to sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows.

Start 2012 off by exploring “Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. This show traces the history of the telescope since its invention, set to a thrilling soundtrack recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. From the moons of Jupiter to the rings of Saturn and the structure of galaxies, this show explores how telescopes have helped us understand our place in space and how they continue to expand our understanding of the cosmos.

In March, get ready for “Comic Concert: Led Zeppelin,” a one-of-a-kind concert that transports the audience into a series of fantastical and surrealistic settings, taking visitors on a captivating journey led by this legendary rock band. The motions are calculated to heighten the transportive feeling, drawing audiences deeper into the ever-changing landscape of sight and sound during this thrilling concert that will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: March 23, March 30, April 13 and April 20.

The season will close next summer with “Extreme Planets” on the following Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.: May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8, July 6, July 13 and Aug. 3. Narrated by René Auberjonoisof Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, this show reveals the discovery of hundreds of extrasolar planets and takes audiences on an immersive journey to worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren't science fiction anymore.

Two “Starry Nights” featuring two special programs for children and families will be presented during the season. On Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., Rollins Planetarium will present “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather,” a roller-coaster ride across the universe with the lovable, wacky cast of alien characters from the award-winning TV series. On Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., “The Little Star That Could” tells the delightful story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own. Both of these performances will be followed by “Skies Over Georgia” at 8 p.m., a show that takes the audience on a guided tour of the season’s constellations, exploring the heavens as they appear above the mountains of north Georgia.

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
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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 800 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Science—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, and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.