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YHC’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2013-2014 Season

Friday, August 16, 2013
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2013-2014 Season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present six exciting shows for the 2013-2014 season. The season opens with the full-dome show “Heart of the Sun” on Friday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. The show will also be presented on the following Friday evenings: Aug. 30, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free with YHC ID.

Experience our closest star, the Sun, from a new perspective. Award-winning IMAX director John Weiley takes you inside the Sun in breathtaking high definition. Cutting-edge 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.

Next in the season lineup is a showing of the “Halloween Laser Spooktacular” concert featuring a frighteningly good mix of tunes including “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Purple People Eater” and many more. This fun, family friendly show will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: Oct. 18 and Oct. 25.

“Season of Light,” a special holiday presentation, will light up the winter season at Rollins Planetarium on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. 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.

Start off 2014 by exploring polar regions in “Ice Worlds” on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 21. Narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, “Ice Worlds” takes audiences on a tour of frozen vistas throughout the solar system to explore the critical relationship between ice and life. From the icy moons of the outer planets to the recent landings on Mars, this show immerses audiences in each landscape to show how ice behaves on very different worlds.

In April, get ready for “Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon,” a one-of-a-kind concert that surrounds audiences will 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 will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: April 18 and April 25.

The season will come to a thrilling close next summer with “Extreme Planets,” a show that 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. It will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.: May 16, May 23, June 20, June 27 and July 18.

The planetarium season also includes a special “Kids Night” for children and families. On Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., “The Friendly Stars” provides a highlighted tour of the solar system and an introduction to the daytime and nighttime skies through delightful animation sequences and a live-narrated performance.  

A special “Summer Starry Night” for general audiences will take place on Friday, 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 show allows audiences to explore 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 full-dome digital projection system, the Sky- Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater with 5.1 surround sound. 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 YHC campus.

If skies are clear, the YHC Observatory is open immediately after planetarium shows. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is located around 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.

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

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 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will open its 2013-2014
season with “Heart of the Sun” on Friday, Aug. 23.


O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features a state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector with a full-dome digital projection system, the Sky- Skan Definiti, in a 40-foot dome theater.