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 programs 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 Max Goes to the Moon. For older family members at the planetarium, there is The Sun: Our Living Star and A Part of the Sky Called Orion.
Show date is Saturday, January 19, 2019, at:
2 p.m. One World, One Sky
2:40 p.m. StarWatch
3:20 p.m. Max Goes to the Moon
7:00 p.m. The Sun: Our Living Star
7:40 p.m. StarWatch
8:20 p.m. A Part of the Sky Called Orion
The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 E. 6th Ave., York. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1 each. 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! When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu “travel” to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts.
In Max Goes to the Moon, Max (the dog) and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era. Along the way, the story sets the stage for the topics including “Phases of the Moon,” “Wings in Space?” and “Frisbees and Curve Balls on the Moon” Toward the end, Max and Tori’s trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that all the nations of the world come together to build a great Moon colony from which “the beautiful views of Earth from the Moon made everyone realize that we all share a small and precious planet.”
The Sun: Our Living Star The Sun has shone on our world for 4-and-a-half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. 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.
A Part of the Sky Called Orion is 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 second 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.
Contact: Todd Ullery
Phone: (717) 487-6423
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
301 East Sixth Avenue
York, Pennsylvania 17403
Adult $4; Children/Seniors $3