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Thank you to the 788 people who visited during the
YSU Summer Festival of the Arts!

Public shows resume in September!
Check back in a few weeks for our schedule!

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 330 941-3616 or check the Field Trip Calendar and Teacher's Guide.

New Horizons

Get ready, Pluto, because here we come!
NASA’s New Horizons is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt of icy, rocky mini-worlds on the solar system’s outer frontier. This animation follows the New Horizons spacecraft as it leaves Earth after its January 2006 launch, through a gravity-assist flyby of Jupiter in February 2007, to the encounter with Pluto and its moons in summer 2015.
Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL

Read more at NASA.