York Learning Center Planetarium Shows

The York County Astronomical Society, celebrating 13 years offering planetarium programs to the public, is now offering Saturday afternoon programs for young children and families and Saturday evening for older family members at the York Learning Center Planetarium. This month, we are featuring a children’s program, One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure and The Hot and Energetic Universe.

Show date is Saturday, December 7, 2019 at:

  • 2:00PM - One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
  • 2:40PM - StarWatch
  • 3:20PM - Season of Light

  • 7:00PM - Season of Light

  • 7:40PM - StarWatch

  • 8:20PM - Two Small Pieces of Glass

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.

StarWatch

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?

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure!

In One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure!, Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced “sing sing”). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky? When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu “travel” to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. For example, they can’t fly a kite there because there is no wind. The fuzzy friends then excitedly realize that children like to fly kites in both China and the United States!

Season of Light

Light up the cold dark season with our perennial, popular winter holiday show. SEASON OF LIGHT explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. This very popular show is an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. Narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe.

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

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

Author

YCAS

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.