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YHC’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2012-2013 Season

Friday, August 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean

(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium Announces 2012-2013 Season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium of Young Harris College will present nine exciting shows for the 2012-2013 season. The season opens with the full-dome show “STARS” on Friday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. The show will also be presented on the following Friday evenings: Aug. 24, Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, and Sept. 28. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the cosmos. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of “STARS.” This dramatic program explores the powerhouses of the universe and man’s relationship with the night sky throughout history. Narrated by Mark Hamill—best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars—the show features stunning 3D animation and is suitable for all ages. This show is a production of Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tenn., and is distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Next in the season lineup is a spooktacular showing of “Fright Light” laser concert featuring classic “monster music” favorites like “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. 19 and Oct. 26.

“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. 16, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. 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 2013 off by finding out why “We Choose Space!” on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. This all-new presentation is the first planetarium show told completely by astronauts (Scott Parazynski, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan) and a famous space reporter (Walter Cronkite). Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy chose the moon as our destination on the new frontier of space. In the same spirit, this show once again chooses space, not because it is easy, but because it is hard—and because meeting its challenges is our destiny.

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 22, April 12, April 19 and April 26.

The season will come to a thrilling close next summer with “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens,” an immersive exploration of one of the most beautiful and magnificent planets in the solar system. This 3D journey into the heart of this great ringed planet will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.: May 10, May 17, June 7, June 14, July 5 and July 12.

The season includes two special “Kids Nights” for children and families. On Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., “Earth, Moon and Sun” explores the relationship between these famous celestial bodies with Coyote, an entertaining character adapted from Native American oral history traditions. On Friday, March 15, 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.

Two special “Starry Nights” for general audiences will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 p.m. Featuring a live presenter and using the planetarium’s digital and optical Star Projectors to their fullest, “Skies Over Georgia” is a traditional star show that 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 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 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 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.

The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium 2012-2013 season opens with the full-dome show “STARS.”

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