he Rollins Planetarium is located on the Young Harris College campus in Young Harris, Georgia. It is one of the largest planetariums in the state of Georgia. It houses a GOTO “CHRONOS” projector under a 40-foot-diameter dome and is capable of seating 109 people in comfortable reclined chairs.
The Rollins Planetarium was opened in 1979 and honors Grace Rollins and the late O. Wayne Rollins. Dr. Kent Montgomery, the current planetarium director, received his Bachelors of Science degrees in Math and Physics at Montana State University, a Masters of Science Degree in Astronomy at San Diego State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Astronomy from Boston University.
Visitation at the Rollins Planetarium has steadily increased through the years, and the facility now hosts over 10,000 stargazers annually. Regular shows take place on Friday evenings throughout the year and are open to the public. In addition to serving the educational needs of Young Harris College students, a growing number of groups from area elementary schools use the planetarium shows as an opportunity to present astronomical principles to their students in an exciting, interactive environment that makes learning fun and promotes the early development of a healthy interest in science. To learn more about the planetarium visit the Internet site at www.yhc.edu/planet/ or phone (706) 379-4312.