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Planetarium Programs at CCHS

Planetarium Programs

The Planetarium at Cedar Crest High School offers FREE programs throughout the school year. Daytime programs are reserved for senior citizens. Evening programs are intended for anyone of any age. Most shows are appropriate for elementary aged children and make for a great family activity. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance to ensure program and seating availability. Call (717) 272-2033, ext. 5412, to make a reservation. If the planetarium director, Rich Fried, is unavailable to answer your call due to teaching duties, please leave a message and phone number at which you may be reached.

The Solar System: Take an interactive tour of the solar system while learning interesting facts about each of the eight planets, countless asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets in orbit around the Sun. Afterwards, compare the size of our Sun to the planets and to many of the stars you can see from Lebanon on a clear night. The results may surprise you!

  • Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019: 10:00–10:45 AM for Senior Citizens; 7:00–7:45 PM for the General Public   

 

Special Added Presentation: Visit the CCHS digital planetarium Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 PM for a special presentation by Sky Hoffert, Cedar Crest graduate, NASA employee, and Solar System Ambassador. Sky will discuss how NASA and other organizations are looking for signs of past, present, and future life in our Solar System and beyond. This approximately 40-minute lecture utilizes imagery in the planetarium and is appropriate for children approximately 7+ years old. This event is free, but reservations must be made in advance to ensure program availability. Please contact Rich Fried at 717-272-2033 x5412 at least one day prior to the event. If Rich is unavailable to answer your call due to teaching duties, please leave a message and phone number at which you may be reached to confirm that seats are still available.

 

Double Movie Feature: Astronaut and Black Holes: Visit the CCHS Digital Planetarium to experience our two most current 360˚ Full Dome Videos. "Astronaut" is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Learn about some of the training astronauts must complete and the effects space travel has on the human body. Lastly, meet “Chad,” our unwilling test astronaut, as he experiences some of these dangers firsthand! The second video selection, "Black Holes: Other Side of Infinity," is appropriate for ages 8+ (although the content may be more challenging for young audiences). Be dazzled with immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to the supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Have young children? No worries – each video is only 25 minutes long. Come for the first one or stay for both!

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019: 10:00–10:45 AM for Senior Citizens
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019: 7:00 – 8:00 PM for the General Public  

 

Constellations of the Spring & Summer Sky: Take a tour of the spring and early summer night sky inside of the CCHS digital planetarium. In this family friendly event, instructor Rich Fried will lead a 45-minute program where he shares constellation stories about the brightest constellations in the spring and early summer night sky. The program will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions or to observe other interesting objects in the current night sky.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019: 10:00–10:45 AM for Senior Citizens; 7:00–7:45 PM for the General Public