The 2019-2020 season at O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features 30 Friday-evening public shows. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the 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 and Staff: Free
- Purchase tickets in advance online!
Remaining tickets, if any, 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.
This show explores the story of humanity’s fascination with the stars—from ancient stargazers to the breakthrough discoveries of scientists like Johannes Kepler. Have you ever wondered how our modern spacecraft can navigate quickly and accurately to Earth orbit and beyond? Kepler’s Laws are fundamental in physics and astronomy and central to modern spaceflight. The show demonstrates how those laws work using simple, easy-to-understand animations and clear explanations.
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Travel to space with Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they answer questions left in a mysterious note. The brother-sister duo is taken on an adventurous journey of learning with special friends. This exciting voyage will carry visitors to the planets and far out into the universe, where Jack and Annie nearly get...well, we don’t want to give it away! The adventure is just beginning. This show is appropriate for children and families.
Skies Over Georgia
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 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.
March 27 at 9 p.m. (No ticket required)
July 17 at 9 p.m. (No ticket required)
Led Zeppelin Cosmic Concert*
Led Zeppelin’s cosmic concert remains one of the most popular music shows ever performed in planetariums. Back by popular demand, this full-dome video extravaganza is ready to rock Rollins Planetarium! This one-of-a-kind concert transports the audience into a series of fantastical and surrealistic settings, taking visitors on a captivating journey led by this legendary rock band. The motions are calculated to heighten the feeling of transport, drawing audiences deeper into the ever-changing landscape of sight and sound. The soundtrack includes Led Zeppelin classics such as “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Rock and Roll.”
*Cosmic Concerts are non-astronomy programs containing loud music, flashing lights, spinning stars and other effects that some may find disruptive. They are not recommended for those who may have conditions that could be aggravated by this experience.
Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. You’ll fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan and a 400-year-old hurricane whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter. After seeing a storm with the power of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb and a dust storm that can engulf an entire planet, you’ll be glad you live on Earth!