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Welcome to Ward Beecher Planetarium's Golden Anniversary Season!




  • Wick Ave. is closed for construction. Please view our construction map and details and give yourself extra time to get to the planetarium! Read more
  • *NEW!* NOW SHOWING! - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
    Join Aesop the owl in a light-hearted adventure as you look at the Greek mythology associated with some of our constellations. This includes stories behind Orion the hunter, and Scorpio the scorpion! More details
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  • You are invited to bring your new scopes (and ones that have been gathering dust) and have one-on-one time with the experts from the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society.
    The night sky changes with the seasons, and so does our Skywatch program. This LIVE traditional star talk shows the current night sky, constellation lore, and current astronomical events.
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  • Dr. Darren Williams, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Penn State Behrend, will talk about the state of exoplanet detecion, including the most tantalizing discoveries, as well as an introspectie view of what other possible civilizations are learning about us.
  • WBP student employee Ashley Lemasters was 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."


IMPORTANT Parking and Show Information!

Parking Notes/YSU Construction project information below:




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