YCAS to present three planetarium shows on Dec. 14

Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Healthy/Happy | Comments Off

Learn how to find the planets and constellations visible in York’s December night sky during three shows presented by the York County Astronomical Society, Dec. 14 in the York Learning Center planetarium, 300 E. 6th Ave., North York.

– Max Goes to the Moon (7 p.m.): 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: 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.”

– StarWatch (7:40 p.m.): Become a star watcher by exploring the current night sky, locate visible constellations, and enjoy some sky lore. Receive a star map and get answers to frequently asked questions,

– Winter Wonders (8:20 p.m.): This show looks at the time of the winter solstice, the point where the noontime sun is lowest in the sky. Join Jackie and Michelle, two teenage girls, as they hear about the Christian and Jewish religious events during this time of year. In addition, the girls learn about celebrations and rituals of many other cultures that originate from solstice observances. We also look at some of our more light-hearted traditions: gift-giving and decking the halls with candles and greenery. This program includes a look at some of the solstice customs of some of the peoples of central Africa, China, Native Americans, the Inuit, and the Incas to name a few. It concludes by looking at some of the monuments that have been built by prehistoric peoples to the winter solstice. Winter Wonders is a great holiday program for families.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show is $1 each.