Planetarium shows spotlight the solar system

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Healthy/Happy | 0 comments

telescope clipartThe York County Astronomical Society will present three planetarium shows on Friday, Jan. 11, at the York Learning Center, 300 E. 6th Ave., North York.

Winter Wonders 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. We conclude 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.

StarWatch allows you to become a star watcher by exploring the current night sky, locating visible constellations, and enjoying some sky lore.

The Planets is a tour through the solar system and fascinating, recently-discovered sights. It is narrated by Kate Mulgrew of “Star Trek Voyager” fame.

Times are 7, 7:40 and 8:20 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors for one show, and $1 for each additional show.

For more information, visit www.ycas.org.

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