The 2017-2018 season at O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features more than 30 Friday-evening public shows. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for best seats. No late seating is permitted. Public planetarium shows, with the exception of Cosmic Concerts, include a live-narrated “seasonal stargazing” segment in addition to the featured full-dome program.
- Adults: $5 per show
- Children & Non-YHC Students: $3 per show
- YHC Students/Faculty/Staff: Free
- Purchase tickets in advance online!
Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.
For answers to frequently asked questions about our public planetarium shows, click here.
Chasing the Ghost Particle:
From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica is IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world, which waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos called neutrinos. These ghostly particles give us a way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. In this new full-dome show, stunning simulations are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, “Chasing the Ghost Particle” will take you on a journey you won’t forget!
Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Appropriate for children and families
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.
Mar. 23 at 7 p.m.
Skies Over Georgia
Traditional live star show for general audiences
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. Appropriate for general audiences.
Mar. 23 at 8 p.m.
Rock the Dome
With a mix of classic rock selections from the late 60s through the 90s, “Rock the Dome” features vignettes of the sights and sounds that symbolize the evolution of rock history. Full-dome high-resolution computer animation is used to paint the planetarium dome, sending the audience whirling on animated flights through space and realistic landscapes, immersed in spinning abstract art, and transported through imaginative tunnels—all set to classic rock music from The Doors, Hendrix, CCR, Metallica, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more!
Apr. 20 at 7 p.m.
Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe
Join our “experts” on alien life— one hopeful, the other skeptical— as they try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth. Follow their astrobiology arguments from the ocean floor to a journey across the galaxy! From ancient philosophers to modern-day scientists scouring the sky for exoplanets, humans have always wondered who else might be “out there.” This all-new show takes visitors on an incredible journey in an attempt to answer the ultimate question of the Universe: Are we alone?
May 18 at 8 p.m.