Planetarium laser shows feature Beatles, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd

Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium presents a series of laser shows Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, featuring the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, in addition to shows on black history and astronomy.

The shows are coming to YSU out of sheer luck. Curt Spivey, planetarium engineer, was attending the Great Lakes Planetarium Conference in Pittsburgh last fall when he dropped his business card in a bin for a drawing at the exhibit booth for Prismatic Magic and Radiant Laser Systems. Spivey’s card was later picked as the winner of the grand prize – free laser shows.

“I lucked out,” he said. “We are very excited.”

While the Ward Beecher Planetarium has always been and will always be free and open to the public, a suggested donation of $1 per person for this special event will allow the planetarium to continue to bring programs like this to the Mahoning Valley.

The Beatles

The Beatles

Seating is first come, first served. Doors open approximately 15 to 20 minutes before show time. All programs are approximately 40 minutes in length. Visit  or call 330-941-1370 for more details.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. Laser Beatles – Take a mind-warping ride on a Yellow Submarine while you Twist and Shout after a Hard Day’s Night.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, 7 p.m. Laser Led Zeppelin – Get the Led out with monolithic songs such as Rock ‘n Roll, Stairway to Heaven and Dazed and Confused.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, 9 p.m. Laser Pink Floyd – Be in awe of Pink Floyd’s stunning career with songs from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m. Black History– Celebrate the important contributions of many African American figures and artists during this musical narration through time.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m. Lasers in Astronomy – Discover how today’s astronomers and planetary scientists are using lasers to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

In addition, the planetarium’s regularly scheduled shows will also be presented:

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, 8 p.m. Black Holes – The Other Side of Infinity — Liam Neeson narrates this immersive journey into the heart of the most fascinating objects in the universe, a black hole.

Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Two Small Pieces of Glass – Attend a star party to learn about the history of the telescope and its many contributions to our knowledge of the Universe.