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*ONE NIGHT ONLY* Cosmic Train Wrecks: When Galaxies Collide
Presented by Guest Lecturer Dr. Jillian Scudder

Friday, Nov 9 at 8PM
Galaxies are not always solitary islands in a mostly-empty Universe - occasionally they find themselves with close neighbors. When the neighbors are close enough, gravity promises us a cosmic smash-up, with the two galaxies flung around each other to form a new galaxy. This process provides some of the most photogenic images, but what can we learn from this process? Dr. Scudder from Oberlin College will discuss how we search for these collisions between galaxies, how this collision changes the galaxies involved, and what we still hope to learn.

Guest Lecture Series

*NOW SHOWING* Earth, Moon, & Sun

Earth Moon and Sun

Saturdays, Nov 3, 10, & 17 at 2PM
Coyote has a razor sharp wit, but heís a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration.

*NOW SHOWING* Cosmic Castaways

Fridays, Nov 2, & 16 at 8PM and
Saturdays, Nov 3, 10, & 17 at 8PM

There are places where the night sky has no constellations. No Orion, no Big Dipper, nothing but a few lonely, far away stars and a few faint, ghostly patches of light. Most stars lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within voids between the galaxies. These are the cosmic castaways. An original production of the Ward Beecher Planetarium, this program is based on research by YSUís astronomers Dr. John Feldmeier and Dr. Patrick Durrell..

Cosmic Castaways

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.

Parking Information


  • Use "84 Lincoln Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503" as a GPS address for the planetarium.
  • Limited street parking is available on Lincoln, Phelps, Hazel, and Wood Streets.
    • There is a small handicap lot located between Jones Hall & Ward Beecher Hall.
  • Parking is also available in the Wick Ave. parking deck (M30).
    There is a $5.00 fee for the deck unless you have 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

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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