- Science & Technology
- O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium, Young Harris GA
Back to the Moon for Good
Friday, August 29, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Back to the Moon for Good
Like in the Moon’s glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big, white space neighbor is again enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the Moon for good. Narrated by actor and comedian Tim Allen, this award-winning show chronicles teams around the world competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized award in history. To win, teams must place a robot on the Moon’s surface, navigate 500 meters and successfully transmit high-definition images back to Earth. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for a future on the Moon. This show is a production of XPRIZE, created by NSC Creative.
Please note: All seats are general admission with no assigned seat numbers. For best seat selection, it's a good idea to arrive 15-20 minutes before showtime. For the safety of our visitors and in order to prevent accidents, late entry is not allowed. Likewise, once a show has started, if you leave the planetarium for any reason, re-entry is not allowed due to safety regulations in the darkened environment.
Young Harris College’s 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. This unique combination represents the next generation in planetarium technology, creating an immersive and engaging image over the entire dome surface and a powerful “you-are-there” experience for the audience. With comfortable seating for 104, Rollins Planetarium offers public shows and educational opportunities for school groups throughout the year. Rollins Planetarium was made possible through the philanthropy of Wayne and Grace Rollins.
The 2014-2015 season at O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium features more than 30 Friday-evening public shows. Public planetarium shows, with the exception of cosmic concerts, include a live-narrated “seasonal stargazing” segment in addition to the featured full-dome program.
O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium is located on the YHC campus in Young Harris, Ga. From US Highway 76/GA Highway 515, turn into the campus at the traffic light in Young Harris, then take a left at the end of the street. Rollins Planetarium is located in the second building on the left, the Maxwell Center.
The Young Harris College Observatory features a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is open immediately following the last planetarium show on Friday evening if skies are clear. There is no additional charge for visiting the observatory, which is located around 1.5 miles from campus at Twiggs Overlook on the exit road leading from Brasstown Valley Resort. Maps are available at the planetarium. Observing sessions last up to one hour and include a guided tour of the constellations. Weather permitting, the observatory is open on the same dates the planetarium is open.
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