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 From Earth to the Universe.

Show date is Saturday, April 6, 2019 at:

  • 2:00PM - One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
  • 2:40PM - StarWatch
  • 3:20PM - Flight Adventures

  • 7:00PM - From Earth to the Universe

  • 7:40PM - StarWatch

  • 8:20PM - Comets & Discovery

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 58 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!

Flight Adventures

In Flight Adventures, dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multimedia planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us. Presented in high-definition full-dome digital video, “Flight Adventures” is unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.

From Earth to the Universe

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

Comets & Discovery

In “Comets & Discovery” we follow two intrepid comet hunters in first-person. One, a modern explorer. The other, Caroline Herschel. The famous 18th century comet huntress that ruled the skies for many generations. With both, we learn how they each searched the skies, made their discoveries, and reported them for other astronomers to bear out. We also learn about, depending on the century of the observer, what people thought comets were and their importance to them.

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.