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 April 10 and 11, 2015

April 10 Evening Shows

April 10, 2015, Friday Evening, at 7:00pm Chasing the Ghost Particle, 7:40pm StarWatch, and 8:20pm Cosmic Castaways. See April 10th: Evening shows

April 11 Afternoon Shows

April 11, Saturday 2015 at 2:00pm Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast, 2:40 StarWatch, 3:20pm Flight Adventures. See April11th: Afternoon shows

April 11 Evening Shows

April 11, Saturday 2015 at 7:00 pm - "Two Small Pieces of Glass" - 7:40 pm - "StarWatch" and at 8:20 pm "Skywatchers of Africa". See April 11th: 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.

 

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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April 10th 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.

"Chasing the Ghost Particle" 7:00pm

A full dome presentation

"South Pole to the Edge of the Universe"

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

“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. Runtime:35 minutes.

"Cosmic Castaways" 8:20pm

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. Runtime:21 minutes. See Preview below.


April 11th 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.

“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. Runtime: 35 minutes.See preview below.

“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. Runtime:35 minutes.

"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. Target audience: Families with children 8 and up. Show length: 30 minutes.

Watch preview: Flight Adventures

 

 April 11th 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.

"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. See preview below.

“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. Runtime:35 minutes.

"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

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