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Welcome to Ward Beecher Planetarium's Golden Anniversary Season!




  • Construction around Ward Beecher:
    Major improvements are underway on both Lincoln and Wick Ave. This may affect parking around the planetarium. Please view our construction map and details and give yourself extra time to get to the planetarium!
    Read more here

    Nightlights 3.0:
    Ward Beecher Planetarium's spooky and spectacular annual Halloween show has been going strong since 1974! This year, guests can enjoy new treats and old tricks. Costumes encouraged! Great for all ages, although younger visitors may be afraid of loud music and dark. Upcoming Shows here

    The Halloween Show:
    A friend, Jack O'Lantern, shows Holly how to use the stars to find her way around the night sky. The history and traditions of Halloween are presented in a fun, interactive, and non-scary syle making this show ideal for all ages. More details here
  • Press Release (3/9/16):
    Ward Beecher Planetarium recieves $650K as part of major NASA funded educational initiative.
    Read more here
  • WBP student employee Ashley Lemasters showcased in STEMJobs magazine:

    "As a Physics and Astronomy major at Youngstown State University, I have the opportunity to feed my curiosity with incredible classes and hands-on experiences. I especially love working in our planetarium, which has done more than just give me insight into the night sky - itís expanded my own universe and opened new doors and pathways that have led to unforgettable experiences. I know my undergraduate education at YSU will leave me well-prepared to pursue my PhD in Astrophysics."



Please read the Parking Notes/YSU Construction project information below:




Show Notes