In the early evening sky, Jupiter shines brightly in the East. Learn how to find the planets and
constellations that are visible in York’s November night sky during three shows Nov. 9 at the York Learning Center planetarium, 300 E. 6th Ave., North York. The programs are presented by the York County Astronomical Society.
– Winter Wonders, 7 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. 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, 7:40 p.m.: Become a star watcher by exploring the current night sky, locate visible planets and constellations, and enjoy some sky lore.
– New Telescope Clinic, 8:20 p.m.: Are you planning to buy or just considering buying a new astronomical telescope for the holidays – for your family or for yourself? Experience has shown that purchasing the wrong telescope to fit your viewing or budgetary needs can result in frustrations that might result using your new acquisition only once or twice, then never again. To help get you started properly, the York County Astronomical Society is offering a New Telescope Clinic to help you discover what will make a good beginning telescope for you, what additional equipment you will need to maximize your enjoyment, and where and how to shop.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Admission to a second show is $1 each. Admission to the telescope clinic is free with seating on a first come, first seated basis.