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New Afternoon and Evening Shows for Families, Saturday, October 25, 2014. See below 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 also presented.

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

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

 

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.

Afternoon Matinee 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” 2:40pm 

“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.

“Max Goes to the Moon” 3:20pm

In “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."

 Evening Family Shows Below

"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. 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.

“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.

 

“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 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, forcing stars out of the galaxies. These stars are left abandoned in the space between the galaxies and scattered around the newly formed systems. Using the Hubble Space Telescope and other large telescopes, many teams of scientists have detected their glow in the nearby Virgo clusters. In our full-dome planetarium show, we’ll describe how these stars are pulled from their homes and their fate lost in the space between the galaxies.

Show date is Saturday, October 25, 2014

Afternoon                                                                   Evening

2:00pm - Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast                7:00pm - Back to the Moon for Good

2:40pm - StarWatch                                               7:40pm - StarWatch

3:20pm - Max Goes to the Moon                      8:20pm - Cosmic Castaways

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.

New.. The next show date is Saturday, November 8. Afternoon matinee shows run 2-4 p.m. and evening shows run 7-9 p.m.!

 

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

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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: (717) 578-9109