YHC’s Rollins Planetarium to Host Special “Starry Night” for Families

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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

Young Harris College’s Rollins Planetarium to Host Special “Starry Night” for Families

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium of Young Harris College will present “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” at 7 p.m. and “Skies Over Georgia” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of a special “Starry Night” program for children and families. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.

Based on the popular, award-winning PBS animated television series, “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” is a rollercoaster ride across the universe that teaches young explorers key science concepts as they encounter the strange and wild weather of the planets. Ride along with the lovable, wacky cast of alien characters from The Zula Patrol as they try to save the solar system’s weather from interplanetary villain Dark Truder.

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. Learn how to identify the planets and stars currently visible in the night sky, take a guided tour of the season’s constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories.

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 900 students across four divisions—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. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.