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Local astronomical societies to host night sky events


Tired of seeing those bleak gray winter skies? Local astronomical societies are hosting both indoor and outdoor shows for kids of all ages this spring.

Outdoor Stargazing

Experience stargazing at the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg. When planning to visit the Astronomical Society, it is important to check the weather as it is outside. If the weather is overcast or raining at all, these stargazing sessions will be cancelled. As the year progresses and the earth rotates, different planets are visible from the telescopes at the Astronomical Society. For the majority of March, Mercury, Uranus and Venus are visible. There is a full chart of the planets’ visibility on their website, along with very specific parking and trip planning advice for those interested. Admission is free.

Stargazing sessions will be hosted at Edward L. Naylor Observatory, 670 Observatory Drive, Lewisberry. See website for driving and parking directions.

Sunday, March 11, 7:30- 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 7:45- 10:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 8-10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 8:15- 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

These dates are all subject to change, depending on the weather.

The York Astronomical Society offers public outdoor viewing at its observatory at Rudy Park in York. Members of the York Astronomical Society will be on hand to show visitors how to use star charts to identify constellations in the night sky. Telescopes will be provided, and the public is encouraged to bring their own telescopes to learn how to use them more effectively.

Saturday, March 10, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 8-10 p.m.

Indoor Stargazing 

The York Astronomical Society will be hosting indoor stargazing events at their planetarium in the York Learning Center.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

2:00 p.m. 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. Explore the stars with the stars of Sesame Street.

2:40 and 7:40 p.m. 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.

3:20 p.m. Defying Gravity: It Is Rocket Science!: With special robot correspondents scientist hosts will explore rocket power, gravity on other planets, monstrous black holes and even what keeps us grounded on Earth!

The planetarium is located 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.

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