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 January 20, 2018

To Be Updated.

Big Bird and Elmo explore the stars on the York Learning Center planetarium dome in "One World, One Sky" Saturday December 2 at 2:00pm. See all 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. Be courteous of others and please silence your cell phone, camera, or other devices, digital or not, that may make sound or light. These lights and sounds can be very disruptive during the program. Thank You.


December 2, 2017 Afternoon Shows

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at: 2:00pm One World, One Sky 2:40pm StarWatch 3:20pm Defying Gravity: It Is Rocket Science! See: Afternoon shows

December 2, 2017 Evening Shows

 Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00pm Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter 7:40pm StarWatch 8:20pm Distant Worlds: Alien Life? 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 2, 2017 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 trailer below.

“StarWatch Live” 2:40 p.m.

What can be seen with a telescope tonight?
How do I find the North Star?
Is there really a bear in the sky?
Why do stars have different colors?
What are the names of the brightest stars?


“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, using 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" 3:20 p.m.

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

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. Show length: 32 minutes. Suitable for grades 1 through 5 and public audiences.

December 2, 2017 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.

"Two Small Pieces of Glass" 7:00 p.m."

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

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.

 

“StarWatch Live” 7:40 p.m.

What can be seen with a telescope tonight?
How do I find the North Star?
Is there really a bear in the sky?
Why do stars have different colors?
What are the names of the brightest stars?


“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, using the star projector to its fullest capabilities. Receive a star map and get a tour of tonight’s sky. Runtime 35 minutes.

"From Earth to the Universe" 8:20 p.m."

A Fulldome Planetarium Show

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe. Run time 30 minutes.

 

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.

 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