Rollins Planetarium Presents Family-Friendly “Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?” and Crowd Favorite “Skies Over Georgia”

Monday, March 19, 2018
Planetarium

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Author: Mayra Leyva
Media Contact: Maddy Elledge
(706) 379-5319, melledge@yhc.edu

Rollins Planetarium Presents Family-Friendly “Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?” and Crowd Favorite “Skies Over Georgia”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium will present two special shows on Friday, March 23, beginning with “Did Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?” at 7 p.m., followed by “Skies Over Georgia” at 8 p.m. Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free with YHC ID. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at yhc.edu/planetarium or at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.

Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth millions of years ago and wipe out a majority of all living things at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this impact and other cosmic collisions, which are abundant across our solar system. See the numerous craters on worlds like the Moon, Mars, and even distant Pluto.

After returning from your space mission with Jack and Annie, bring it back home with “Skies Over Georgia,” which features a live presenter and uses the planetarium’s digital and optical star projectors to their fullest. This traditional star show 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 constellations and hear some of their fascinating stories.                       
 

If skies are clear, the YHC Observatory will open immediately after the planetarium shows at 9 p.m. 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. Please be aware that parking is limited, no shuttle service will be provided, no restrooms facilities, and there will be an uphill walk from the parking lot. 

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. 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.

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., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2017-2018 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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