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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present “The Little Star That Could” at 7 p.m. and “Skies Over Georgia” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 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.

“The Little Star That Could” tells the delightful story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars can form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each planet is introduced with basic information about our solar system.

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
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 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. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu

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