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Planetarium Closed

Ward Beecher Planetarium is CLOSED and has CANCELED all in-person programs until further notice.
Please stay connected to the university's Coronavirus Information Site for the latest updates.

Online Planetarium Shows - Keep Looking Up with us!

Keep Looking Up

Saturdays at 8PM on Facebook Live
The Ward Beecher Planetarium crew is providing the latest in astronomy news along with a wide range of science topics and guest speakers live on our Facebook page @wbplanetarium.

All videos for our Keep Looking Up Series can be found on our YouTube channel @wbplanetarium

Remote Learning Services Available Now!

While the YSU campus and planetarium remain closed, we are continuing our mission to deliver quality astronomy and science programming to our community from our homes. Virtual Field Trip options along with a robust catalog of online resources are available on our website HERE. We will update this page regularly.

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Explore Our Universe Live

Skies Over Youngstown

Summary: In the rows labeled "sky conditions", find a column of blue blocks. You can probably observe then.

Details: Read the image from left to right. Each column represents a different hour. The colors of the blocks are the colors from CMC's forecast maps for that hour. The two numbers at the top of a column is the time. A digit 1 on top of a 3 means 13:00 or 1pm. It's local time, in 24hr format. (Local time for Youngstown is -4.0 hours from GMT.)

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