*Free with Museum Admission

Complimentary Programs

(Free with Museum Admission. Ticket required)

11:30 pm – 12:00 pm
When Galaxies Collide

Lane Davis, President of Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County ( www.aelc.us )

In live performance, noted multi-instrumentalist George Wallace presents a dazzling array of wondrous, psychedelic, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal, and space music.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Music from Earth and Space

George Wallace (AirBorn Music), Composer, Producer, Artist ( http://www.airbornmusic.com )

In live performance, noted multi-instrumentalist George Wallace presents a dazzling array of wondrous, psychedelic, imaginatively crafted soundscapes bound to delight fans of deep ambient, techno-tribal, and space music.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
An Introduction to Solar Astronomy

Bill Price, Member of York County Astronomical Society ( http://www.astroyork.com/)

Mention astronomy, and invariably most everyone thinks of a nighttime activity observing stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, comets or the moon.  But, how about the sun? Solar observation offers a unique perspective on the constant dynamic changes occurring on our closest star. Solar telescopes enable astronomers to peer into some of the most fascinating and dramatic features. Learn about solar basics, equipment, and web-based resources where one can access near real-time solar images provided by earth-based observatories around the world and from orbiting spacecraft. Join Bill as he escorts you into The Solar Experience.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Rockets at Wallops!

Rob Webb, Vice President of Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County ( www.aelc.us )
Pequea Valley School District’s Physics, STEM, Astrophysics Teacher, Planetarium Director

In November, Rob Webb was selected by NASA Social to attend the launch of NG-10, Northrup Grumman’s 10th supply mission to the International Space Station from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. There’s more going on there than we expect! Take a back stage look into the facility just a few hours south, and experience what an orbital rocket launch looks, sounds, and feels like.

Additional Fee Programs

($4 adults, $3 children w/ Museum Admission, ticket required)

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Earth, Moon & Sun Planetarium Show

Explore the mysteries and misconceptions of the sky with Coyote as he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing. In his quest for answers, Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral traditions, will help reveal the truth behind the most baffling concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclip- ses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon. Join us for an exciting journey into a new frontier that begins with Earth, Moon, and Sun. Who knows what discoveries lie ahead. A production of UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Cosmic Explorations: A Planetarium Educator Showcase

One-time Presentation Featuring the North Museum Planetarium Educators

Join the North Museum’s Planetarium Educators as they share their expertise and showcase their passion about astronomy.  This special one-time presentation will take you through the topics of celestial navigation, SpaceX’s commercial crew program, and the search for life beyond Earth.

Presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Evening of Community Stargazing at Participating Observatories

All stargazing opportunities are weather permitting.
Please visit observatory’s personal website and/or Facebook page for updates before traveling to observatory of interest.

Joseph R. Grundy Observatory, Franklin & Marshall College

8:30 – 10:30 pm

Franklin and Marshall College Baker Campus, Clayton Rd
Lancaster, PA 17603


John Rudy County Park Observatory, York County Astronomical Society

8:00 – 10:00 pm

John C. Rudy County Park
400 Mundis Race Road
York, PA



Muddy Run Observatory, Rittenhouse Astronomical Society

7:00 – 10:30 pm

Muddy Run Park
172 Bethesda Church Rd
W Holtwood, PA 17532



A North Museum Planetarium Staff member will be present and representing the Museum at each observatory.

Astronomy Day Activities

(included w/ Museum admission)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet NASA Solar System Ambassador Axel Diaz

Station will feature the moon and the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 mission, humanity’s first step on the surface of the moon.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Solar Observing
(provided by Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County)

(Free, weather permitting, out in front of Museum)

Safely observe the sun’s surface features through multiple filtered telescopes.

Meet Local Amateur Astronomers

Have questions about astronomy?  Interact with members of local astronomy clubs to learn about getting started or get more involved in the hobby of astronomy, how use a telescope, and are available to answer your questions.

Creating Planetary Landscapes Craft Activity
(provided by Carol Welsh)

Create a masterpiece that represents an planetary landscape of a known planet or an alien world.

Hunting for Meteorites

Can you distinguish a meteorite from a normal rock? Learn about the characteristics of meteorites and how to find them, while you test your luck in finding the real space rock!

Impacting the Moon

Experiment with making impact craters on the moon while examining the associated features.