YSU’s Ward Beecher Planetarium Turns 55

YSU’s Ward Beecher Planetarium kicks off its 55th season this week, with more than a dozen new time-tested shows for space enthusiasts of all ages.

The 2022-23 season, which runs through the first week of May 2023, includes new shows, “We Are Stars” and “Perfect Little Planet”, as well as special Harry Potter, Sesame Street and party productions. January’s popular ‘Rock the Dome’ weekend is also included, featuring classical music from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd and The Eagles.

All shows are free and open to the public.
The season begins this weekend with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Matter video system and first images from the James Webb Space Telescope.

The on-campus Ward Beecher Hall Planetarium opened in 1967 and serves as an astronomy and science education resource center for the Mahoning Valley and surrounding communities. The facility, operated by YSU’s Department of Physics, Astronomy, Geology, and Environmental Sciences, supports on-campus astronomy education as well as public planetarium shows.

For more information, visit https://www.wbplanetarium.org/. See the show schedule, https://www.wbplanetarium.org/public-programs.

Arline J. Mercier