WELCOME TO THE YORK LEARNING CENTER PLANETARIUM.

 

Please note: All planetarium programs will start on time. Seating is limited and all seats are available on a first come first serve basis. As the program requires the room to be dark, there will be no seating once the program has begun. No food or beverages allowed.

Planetarium Shows below for February 20 and 21, 2015

February 20th Evening Shows

February 20th the Evening shows are: 7:00 pm - Back to the Moon for Good - StarWatch, at 7:40 pm  and at 8:20– Sky Watchers of Africa. See February 20th: Evening shows

February 21st Afternoon Shows

February 21st the Afternoon shows are: 2:00 pm - Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast - 2:40 pm - StarWatch and at 3:20 pm Max Goes to the Moon. See February 21st: Afternoon shows

February 21st Evening Shows

February 21st the Evening shows are: 7:00 pm - Two Small Pieces of Glass - 7:40 pm - StarWatch and at 8:20 pm Cosmic Castaways. See February 21st: Evening shows

The York County Astronomical Society is now offering Saturday afternoon programs for young children and families at the York Learning Center Planetarium. Saturday evening, programs for older family members are presented. The four movies are presented in high-definition full-dome digital video.

 Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00

Planetarium Location

The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 East 6th Avenue in York. See: Directions

February 20th Evening Shows

"Back To The Moon For Good" 7:00pm

A full dome presentation

Back To The Moon For Good, an exciting, educational fulldome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen, premieres at York Learning Center Planetarium. The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history. 

Back To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon.

Show length 25-minutes

“StarWatch” 7:40pm



“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.

"Skywatchers of Africa" at 8:20 p.m.

A full dome presentation

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. Skywatchers of Africa is recommended for ages 4 and up. Show length: 32 minutes.

February 21st Afternoon Shows

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” 2:00pm

A full dome presentation

In “Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast”, Rusty Rocket has decided to retire from teaching rocket physics and this will be his last blast, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Still there is one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies focusing on the wide variety of planetary environments. Along the way, we learn Rusty is related to every famous spacecraft to explore the solar system. He also emphasizes the immense distances between the planets using cars and jets for comparison.

 

“StarWatch” 2:40 p.m.



“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.

“Max Goes to the Moon” 3:20 p.m.

New Children’s Planetarium Show

“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 more sophisticated science of the topics including "Phases of the Moon," "Wings in Space?," and "Frisbees and Curve Balls on the Moon" — all thoughtfully explained so that grownups and children can learn together about science. 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."

See Trailer below:

 February 21st Evening Shows

"Two Small Pieces of Glass" 7:00 pm

A full dome presentation

Learn about telescopes in the planetarium program “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. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Show length: 25 minutes.

“StarWatch” 7:40 p.m.



“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.

"Cosmic Castaways" 8:20 p.m.

A full dome presentation

When you look into the sky, the background not-quite-blackness is filled with the diffuse light light of stars lost in the space between galaxies, these are the cosmic castaways.

When galaxies pass in the night they gravitationally twist and turn one another. Sometimes the interactions are nothing more than a cosmic side-swipe; two galaxies cross and both come out a little bit damaged. Sometimes the interactions merge and where once two shiny galaxies orbited now only once bursts with the light of a billion stars. No matter what happens, these events leave stellar orphans.

As the galaxies tear into one another, stars get gravitationally trapped in a tug-a-war between the two systems. Eventually, both galaxies will give up their pulling and let the stars drop. These stars are left abandoned in the space between the galaxies and scattered around the newly formed systems.

Suitable for 10 and older.

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The York County Astronomical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of astronomy

 Watch Video: The Known Universe

See other shows upcoming.: Planetarium Programs

The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 East 6th Avenue in York.

For more information contact: Stars@YCAS.org  or  Call YCAS at: 949-963-9147