Planetarium Shows at York Learning Center
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 Flight Adventures. For older family members at the planetarium, there is From Earth to the Universe and Comets & Discovery.
Show date is Saturday, April 6, at:
2 p.m. One World, One Sky
2:40 p.m. StarWatch
3:20 p.m. Flight Adventures
7 p.m. From Earth to the Universe
7:40 p.m. StarWatch
8:20 p.m. Comets & Discovery
The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 East 6th Ave. Cash and most credit and debit cards are accepted. Private shows reservations are available. Our new website is AstroYork.com.
StarWatch 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 a tour of tonight’s sky.
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 xings” 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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact: Todd Ullery
Phone: (717) 487-6423
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
301 East Sixth Avenue
York, Pennsylvania 17403
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1 each.