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Rollins Planetarium Presents Special Holiday Presentation “Season of Light”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Rollins Planetarium Presents Special Holiday Presentation "Season of Light"

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will light up the winter season with two special presentations of the perennial holiday favorite “Season of Light” at 7 and 8 p.m. on the following Friday evenings: Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free with YHC ID.

Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, “Season of Light” examines the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.

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. The program also explores possible astronomical explanations for the star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem. Come and celebrate the season with the entire family through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky.

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 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 1,100 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, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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