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YHC’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2014-2015 Season

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Mason Mitcham
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5237, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2014-2015 Season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present 11 exciting shows for the 2014-2015 season. The season opens with the full-dome show “Back to the Moon for Good” that will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Aug. 22, Aug. 29, Sept. 19, and Sept. 26. 

Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free with YHC ID. Visit yhc.edu/planetarium to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.

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. 

Next in the season lineup is a showing of the “Fright Night Laser Concert” featuring classic “monster music” favorites like “Ghostbusters,” “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” that are sure to send a tingle down your spine! This fun, family friendly show will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.

Rollins Planetarium will light up the winter season with two special shows on the following Friday evenings: Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. At 7 pm., “Season of Light” 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. At 8 p.m., the new family friendly show “Let it Snow” takes audiences on a holiday music journey that 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. 

Start off 2015 by exploring the depths of space with “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 and March 20. 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.

In April, get ready for “Cosmic Concert: Pink Floyd’s The Wall.” The band’s 1979 concept album takes on a whole new look under the dome, as this gripping and spellbinding musical tale is coupled with mesmerizing laser art. Audiences will be transported on a captivating and timeless journey on the following Friday evenings at 7 and 8 p.m.: April 17 and April 24.

The season comes to a close with the award-winning show “Dynamic Earth.” Narrated by Liam Neeson, this state-of-the-art production explores the inner workings of the global climate, Earth’s great life support system, and 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 on the following Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.: May 22, May 29, June 19, July 24 and July 31. 

The planetarium season also includes two special “Kids Nights” for children and families. On Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., “Magic Tree House: Space Mission” invites families to travel to the planets and beyond with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House®. Explore the relationship between the “Earth, Moon and Sun” on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American traditions. 

The planetarium will also present two “Fourth of July Cosmic Concerts” on Friday, July 3. Set to the all-American sounds of modern and classic country, the 7:30 p.m. showing of “Laser Country” promises audiences a boot-scootin’ good time with some of the greatest country hits of all time. At 8:30 p.m., “Laser Spirit” utilizes an inspirational mix of pop, classic rock, oldies and patriotic music that will make audiences proud to be an American. 

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. 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 yhc.edu/planetarium.

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 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include a 226-bed residence hall for freshmen, a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center, and a 248-bed apartment-style residential village. Construction is nearly complete on the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, the new social and intellectual heart of campus. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2014-2015 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.
 

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