WELCOME TO THE YORK LEARNING CENTER PLANETARIUM.

*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.

 

Featured shows December 10, 2016 York Learning Center Planetarium

This month we are featuring a new children’s program, One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, and Season of Light. See movie trailers below.

 

Seating-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.

 

December 10, 2016 Afternoon Shows

, Saturday, December 10, 2016 at: 2:00pm, One World, One Sky at 2:40pm StarWatch, and at 3:20pm Season of Light. See: Afternoon shows

December 10, 2016, 2016 Evening Shows

 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00pm, 7:00pm Season of Light, at 7:40pm StarWatch and at 8:20pm Season of Light See: Evening shows

Planetarium Location

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

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December 10, 2016 Afternoon Shows

Admission

Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00
Cash and most credit and debit cards are accepted.

"One World, One Sky" 2:00 p.m.

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

Fulldome" designed to envelop the audience 180 degrees when projected on planetarium dome.

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! Age Range 3 - 7 years. Runtime 25 minutes. Watch preview below.

“StarWatch Live” 2:40 p.m.



“StarWatch Live” Become a star watcher by exploring the current month's night sky in the planetarium, locate visible planets and constellations, and enjoy some sky lore. This live presentation is for the whole family, presented by the York Learning Center Planetarium director, uses the star projector to its fullest capabilities. Receive a star map and get a tour of tonight’s sky. Runtime:35 minutes.

“Season of Light” 3:20pm

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

Fulldome" designed to envelop the audience 180 degrees when projected on planetarium dome.

Season of Light traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Runtime: 35 minutes. General Public. See preview below.

December 10, 2016 Evening Shows

Admission

Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00
Cash and most credit and debit cards are accepted.

"Season of Light"  at 7:00 p.m.

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

Fulldome" designed to envelop the audience 180 degrees when projected on planetarium dome.

Season of Light traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Runtime: 35 minutes. General Public. See preview below.

“StarWatch Live” 7:40 p.m.



“StarWatch Live” Become a star watcher by exploring the current month's night sky in the planetarium, locate visible planets and constellations, and enjoy some sky lore. This live presentation for the whole family, presented by the York Learning Center Planetarium director, uses the star projector to its fullest capabilities. Receive a star map and get a tour of tonight’s sky. Runtime 35 minutes.

"Season of Light" 8:20 p.m.

A fulldome presentation

Fulldome" designed to envelop the audience 180 degrees when projected on planetarium dome.

Season of Light traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions. Runtime: 35 minutes. General Public. See preview below.

 

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

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

For more information contact: Stars@YCAS.org