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*NOW SHOWING* Cosmic Colors

Cosmic Colors

Saturdays, May 5, 12, & 19 at 2PM
Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!

*NOW SHOWING* Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Fridays, May 4, 11, & 18 at 8PM and
Saturdays, May 5, 12, & 19 at 8PM

The show looks at the basics of spectroscopy, the fascinating way astronomers learn about what makes up stars and galactic and extragalactic gas. It also explores the use of quasars as background light sources.

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

*ONE WEEKEND ONLY* Visitor Appreciation Weekend

Visitor Appreciation Weekend

Friday, May 25 at 8PM and
Saturday, May 26 at 2PM & 8PM

As a big THANK YOU for a great year, you get an encore: vote for any of our shows on this year’s schedule, and we will run it one more time! Join us for special giveaways and previews of next season!

Parking Information


  • Use "84 Lincoln Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503" as a GPS address for the planetarium.
  • Wick Avenue is now OPEN (effective 10/27/2017)
    • There is a small handicap lot located between Jones Hall & Ward Beecher Hall.
  • Limited street parking is available on Lincoln, Phelps, Hazel, and Wood Streets.
  • Parking is also available in the Wick Ave. parking deck (M1) for a fee of $5.00, or free with a YSU parking permit.
    • Visitors should park on the 4th floor of the deck and use the pedestrian bridge to campus.
    • From the campus end of the pedestrian bridge, turn left as you pass the library and use the sidewalk to the Ward Beecher Planetarium.
  • For a parking map, click HERE

Show Notes

  • Once the show has started, latecomers will not be admitted.
  • All shows are free and open to the public (donations are always appreciated).
  • No reservations are needed - doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. First come, first seated!
  • Parking: Street parking is available on Lincoln Ave. and Phelps St. Meters are free on the weekends.
  • Overflow parking may be found in the Wick Avenue parking deck (M1) for $5.00.
  • The planetarium is very dark and sound travels very well in the room. The noise level may not be
        appropriate for everyone.
  • Parents should use their own judgment based on the program descriptions and knowledge of their child.
  • For more information, call the Planetarium's InfoLine at 330 941-1370.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium and if you exit during the show, you cannot get back in.