Upcoming Planetarium Events at Young Harris College
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College’s O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium invites the community to the following upcoming planetarium shows:
- “Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?” on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. 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. This show is appropriate for children and families.
- “Skies Over Georgia” on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Featuring a live presenter and using 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. This show is appropriate for general audiences.
- “Observatory Open House” on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. On these special evenings, the Young Harris College Observatory is open to the public for telescopic viewing, if the skies are clear. The observatory features a 14-inch telescope and is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps will be available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour. Please note: there is limited parking, no shuttle service and no restroom facilities. Additionally, it’s an uphill walk from the parking area.
- “Let It Snow, A Holiday Music Journey” on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. This family-friendly show with modern visualizations features a variety of holiday classics—from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee—and includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The merry soundtrack is visually enhanced with artistic animation and full-dome holiday scenery, making it a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages.
- “Season Of Light” on Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. This perennial holiday favorite is a show about the coldest and darkest of seasons—a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, 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 through the wonder of the planetarium’s star-filled sky.
These planetarium events are open to the public. Each planetarium show costs $5 per adult, $3 per child and is free for YHC students, faculty and staff. Planetarium tickets may be purchased in advance at yhc.edu/planetarium. From there, select the link to “Public Shows” for a listing of upcoming show dates and times. Select “Get Tickets” under the date and time of the show you want to attend.
The planetarium is housed in the Maxwell Center for Mathematics and Sciences on the YHC campus, which is located at 1 College Street, Young Harris, Georgia 30582. For more information about planetarium events, please contact the O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium at (706) 379-5195 or visit yhc.edu/planetarium.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution 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 an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit yhc.edu.