O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium
The Rollins Planetarium features a GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector. This state-of-the-art device uses light guide technology to project a realistic and beautiful starry sky. With high-speed, computer-calculated positioning, a simple click of a mouse sets the sky for any time in the past, present or future. Installed at Young Harris in 2002, the projector was the first installation of the Chronos model anywhere in the world.
O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium presents at least 30 Friday evening public shows each year. Shows begin at 8 p.m. from August to April, and 8:30 p.m. from May to July. If skies are clear, the Young Harris College Observatory is open immediately following planetarium shows. The observatory features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and is located about 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. Arrive early for best seats. No late seating.
The planetarium is located in the Maxwell Center building on the campus of Young Harris College. The seating capacity is 109 people under a 40-foot-diameter dome. The planetarium was opened in 1979 through the philanthropy of Wayne and Grace Rollins. The college also has an observatory, located on Georgia state property near the Brasstown Valley Resort, only a short distance from campus.
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