YLC Planetarium Shows

The York County Astronomical Society, celebrating 18 years offering planetarium programs to the public at the York Learning Center Planetarium.

Saturday March 16, 2024

  • 7:00PM - A Part of the Sky Called Orion
  • 7:40PM - StarWatch
  • 8:20PM - Skywatchers of Africa

The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 East 6th Avenue, York PA. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00 each. Cash and most credit and debit cards are accepted.

Private show reservations are available for $40 for a 45 minute program for up to 60 people.

In person ticket sales start at 6:30pm the day of the show. We reserve the right to ask any disruptive persons to leave the Planetarium.

Online ticket sales are available ShowTix4u.com is hosting a ticket sales site for our programs until 2 hours before showtime. The site charges a non-refundable fee of about $1.25 per ticket and you are able to reserve a seat in the planetarium. Because of the pricing model of ShowTix4u.com, ticket purchases are for the 7:00pm, 7:40pm, and 8:20pm group of shows. Please be curtious and not leave empty seats between groups. Planetarium Seating Click here to purchase online tickets You do not need to print the tickets, just present photo identification.


Learn how to find the planets and constellations that are visible in York’s night sky. Become a star watcher by exploring the current night sky, locate visible planets and constellations, and enjoy some sky lore. Receive a star map and get answers to questions such as:
* What can be seen with a telescope tonight?
* How do I find the North Star?
* Is there really a bear in the sky?
* Why do stars have different colors?
* What are the names of the brightest stars?
* Why does Jupiter have different colored clouds?

A Part of the Sky Called Orion

A fantastic sky lore program covering the Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq cultures. We learn how each of these rich cultures viewed the same stars, but had different stories and images. Told in first-person in the context of the teller’s life, we experience their ancient star lore and imagery. This show is best for 2nd grade and above, but even younger ones will enjoy the storytelling imagery and theme. This is storytelling at its best. A wonderful blend of imagery, music, and word; it’s a treat for all.

Skywatchers of Africa

For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed throughout history, and celebrates our shared human experience.

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky - day by day, month by month - was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.

For more information on events, scheduling a private party star watch, directions to the observing site, or for general Society information please contact us at info@astroyork.com or leave a voice message after the recording at 717 759-9227 or visit our Facebook page

Planetarium Map

The Planetarium wishes to recognize and thank the British Fulldome Institute for programming support.



Formed in 1989, the non-profit York County Astronomical Society aims to promote interest, public education, and advancement of the science of astronomy. In addition to planetarium shows, the society presents regular public sky watches and astronomy classes.