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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.


 



 


http://ohwowkids.org/7-days-of-stem/
 It's here! 

The 2014-15 Planetarium Public Program schedule brochure is done and in the mail (for those on our mailing list).

Our season begins with collaborative programs for 7 Days of Stem, the community-wide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, being coordinated by OH WOW!. 

Our part of the festival is special previews of our major program, Dynamic Earth, on Sept. 16 and 18, and telescopes for sidewalk astronomy on Sept. 20 (weather permitting, of course).

More details are on the Public Program Schedule page, where you also can sign up to be on our mailing list.



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.