A new show offered by the York County Astronomical Society at the York Learning Center's planetarium will be starring some familiar faces.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" will premiere at 2 p.m. Saturday, starring Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu from the Chinese version of Sesame Street.

The program, for children ages 3 to 7, was purchased after receiving a grant from the UPS Foundation, said Todd Ullery, director of the planetarium.

Ullery said the program helps kids learn.

"There's been academic studies that kids who view the planetarium program ... have learned those concepts six months after they've seen the program," he said.

But Ullery said parents will enjoy the program, too.

Showings will be held at 2 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. at the planetarium, 301 East Sixth Ave., but Ullery said he will offer more shows that day if there's demand.

"I hope that everyone enjoys getting a chance to see Elmo and Big Bird," he said. "It'll probably be a staple for us because of the popularity."

Admission costs $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Any additional show costs an extra $1. The facility also will show "StarWatch" at 2:40 p.m. and 7 p.m., "A Part of the Sky Called Orion," at 7:40 p.m. and "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph" at 8 p.m.

More space exploration: The York County Astronomical Society also will host a public star watch from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at John C. Rudy County Park. Members will be guiding tours of the night sky. Those attending are also invited to bring their own telescopes. For more information, visit

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