WELCOME TO THE YORK LEARNING CENTER PLANETARIUM.

Please note: The planetarium program will start promptly 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 Afternoon & Evening Shows for Families, December 6, 2014. 

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. See: December 6th Afternoon shows See December 6th Evening Show

Planetarium Programs December 12, 2014 shows 7-9 pm

Show date is Friday, December 12, 2014 – Back to the Moon for Good will be presented at 7:00p.m., StarWatch at 7:40p.m., and Two Small Pieces of Glass will be presented at 8:20 p.m. The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 301 East 6th Avenue in York. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00 each. See: December 12th Shows

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

See December shows below

December 12th Shows

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

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.

"Two Small Pieces of Glass" 8:20pm

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.

 

 

December 6th Afternoon Shows for Families

“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” 2:40pm



“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.

“Flight Adventures”  3:20pm

A full dome presentation

In our new full-dome planetarium program “Flight Adventures,” dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi-media 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.

Watch preview: Flight Adventures

Run time : 30 minutes
Target audience: Families with children 8 and up.

December 6th Evening Shows for Families

“Comets & Discovery” 7:00pm

A full dome presentation

In our other new full-dome planetarium program “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.

Show length is about 25 minutes and is great for the whole family; specifically ages 3rd grade to adult.

“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.

"Chasing the Ghost Particle"

A full dome presentation

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos–ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into world of exploding stars and black holes. This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Building IceCube was a titanic endeavor driven by our human passion for discovery. Witness stunning views of the South Pole, captivating animations of the IceCube detectors capturing a neutrino collision–and eye-catching views of the cosmos. a journey you will never forget.

See Preview below

Run time : 31 minutes
Target audience: Families with children 8 and up.

 

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

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The planetarium is located in the York Learning Center at 300 East 6th Avenue in York.

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