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Chronos with ring nebula
The Planetarium's GOTO Chronos and the Ring Nebula


The Ward Beecher Planetarium

is located in Ward Beecher Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.

In addition to being (1) the immersive classroom for YSU's astronomy classes, the Planetarium also is (2) a popular field trip destination for schools in the surrounding 7 counties in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and (3) a community resource, offering free public programs most weekends.

Most public programs are appropriate for general audiences, although the subject matter and topics in some may be better suited for older students and/or adults. Parents should use their own judgment, based on the program descriptions and knowledge of their child.

Reservations are not required for any of the programs listed here, and the majority of programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to be added to our mailing list, call the Planetarium’s InfoLine at 330 941-1370 or the Department of Physics & Astronomy at 330 941-3616, or complete the web forms on this site.

Field trip programs on a wide variety of topics in space and earth science and astronomy are available to school groups during the day throughout the week during the school year. Other groups also are welcome during this time, or may schedule a Saturday program if their group is large (50 or more people). Evening programs during the week cannot be scheduled because of YSU classes.

For more information or to schedule a field trip, call 330 941-3619 or check the Field Trip Calendar and Teacher's Guide.


 



Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 23, and the partial solar eclipse.

Last week's lunar eclipse took place at sunrise - while this week's partial solar eclipse will take place at sunset. 

Here's the local information (for Youngstown, Ohio, latitude 41o 06' 281" N, longitude 80o 38' 843" W

 EventTime  Altitude 
 Partial eclipse begins  5:44 pm 7.1 degrees above western horizon 
 Maximum eclipse 6:28 pm          0.2 below 
 Sunset 6:29 pm      
 Partial eclipse ends 7:43 pm      below horizon

Find out more at Eclipse Calculator






You wanted to know:
One of the most frequent questions asked at school and public programs is "what would happen if I fell into a black hole."
Here's a great answer from a great astronomer.