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Rollins Planetarium Presents All-New Show “We Choose Space!”
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present the all-new, full-dome show “We Choose Space!” during January and February. The shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on the following Friday evenings: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15. Planetarium admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free with YHC ID.
This special presentation is the first planetarium show told completely by astronauts (Scott Parazynski, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan) and a famous space reporter (Walter Cronkite). It is the first show to use actual fisheye photography from inside the International Space Station, and to tour the completed Station, which is larger than a five-bedroom house! Plus, it is the first show to animate the construction of a sustainable lunar colony and to feature potential commercial spacecraft of the present and future.
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.
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. 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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.