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Special Holiday Presentation at Rollins Planetarium Lights Up Winter Season

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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

Special Holiday Presentation at Rollins Planetarium Lights Up Winter Season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will light up the winter season with three special presentations of the perennial holiday favorite “Season of Light” during November and December. The shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on the following Friday evenings: Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 and 9. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

Bring the entire family and celebrate the season through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky in “Season of Light,” a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.

Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, 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. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem.

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.

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