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February 20, 2016 Planetarium Shows

Elmo and Big Bird star in New Planetarium Show at York Learning Center

The York County Astronomical Society* is now offering Saturday afternoon programs for young children and families and Saturday evening for older family members at the York Learning Center Planetarium.

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.

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

 

February 20, 2016 Afternoon Shows

, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00pm One World, One Sky, 2:40 StarWatch, 3:20pm Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast. See: Afternoon shows

February 20, 2016 Evening Shows

Saturday, February 20 at 7:00pm A Part of the Sky Called Orion, 7:40pm StarWatch, and 8:20pm Cosmic Castaways. 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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February 20, 2016 Afternoon Shows

Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00
Credit and Debit cards are accepted. We accept Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard as well as debit cards.

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

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

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. See 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 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.

“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” 3:20pm

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. Suitable for grades 1 through 5 and public audiences. Runtime 32 minutes. See preview below.

February 20, 2016 Evening Shows

Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1.00
Credit and Debit cards are accepted. We accept Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard as well as debit cards.

"A Part of the Sky Called Orion"  at 7:00 p.m.

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

 

In our other new Fulldome planetarium program, A Part of the Sky Called Orion tells about the Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq cultures. We learn how each 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. Run time: 32 minutes. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

 

“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.

"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. Show length 25-minutes. See preview below.

 

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