Settlemyre Planetarium Announces New Public Planetarium Schedule through April 2013


January 7, 2013

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Settlemyre Planetarium Announces New Public Planetarium Schedule through April 2013

Rock Hill, SC The Museum of York County’s Settlemyre Planetarium announces its schedule for public programs through April.

On Tuesdays through Saturdays at 3:30pm, Two Small Pieces of Glass will highlight how astronomical telescopes evolved from the simple glass lenses used by Galileo to the present day Hubble Space Telescope.  Peek into the future at plans for instruments that can discover Earth-like worlds and see almost to the beginning of time.

Legends of the Night Sky:  Orion will run on Saturdays at 11:00 am.  Hear the tale of Orion the Hunter, including his voyages to distant lands and battles with mythological creatures.

Also on Saturdays at 2:00 pm, the popular live Carolina Skies program returns.  Planetarium staff will direct viewers where visible planets and moons are positioned during the week throughout this interactive seasonal update. Discover tips on how to locate constellations on your own.

The above Settlemyre Planetarium programs are free with admission to the Museum of York County.  The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.  Admission Cost:  Adults,$5; Seniors, $4; Youth, $3; Free for CHM members and children 3 and under.

The Settlemyre Planetarium underwent extensive renovations in August and September, 2012. The $300,000 improvements included a Konica Minolta Media Globe III (MG3) digital projection system.  This state-of-the-art system allows viewers to observe the night skies not only from earth but also allows them to travel through our solar system from the comfort of their seats – projecting from different points in space. Additional renovations included new carpeting, seating, LED lighting, digital surround sound, repainting of the existing thirty-foot dome and a touch screen panel on the exterior of the planetarium.  Funding for the project was provided by York County Hospitality Tax, The Well Fargo Foundation, Comporium, Blake T. Crook-Allstate, The Guild of the Museum of York County and Kathy and Larry Wilson.