Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

2000 - 2002 Shows and Events

Attendance given in parenthesis if known.


January 4 and 6
The Calendar and Time: What did the night sky look like in the year zero?

Feb 1 and 2
History of the Moon: Lunatics, Tides and Astronauts

March 7 (2 shows)
Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

April 4 (2 shows)
Psycho Moon

September 11
Volunteer Training Workshop

October 3
Aurora - Lights in the Sky

November 7 and 8 (3 shows)

Dec 5 and 6 (3 shows)
The Hidden Solar System: Asteroids, Comets, Meteors


Jan. 9, 10, and 11
The Planets - More Than Nine!
Included a special Mars Corner exhibit, which includes a scale. Weigh yourself to find out how much you would weigh on Mars. The exhibit shows recent photographs of Mars taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.

February 6 and 7 (3 shows)
Blast Off - Rockets and Space Travel Past, Present and Future

Feb 19
Family activities Monday
An afternoon of activities for families with elementary school-age children is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m.  Activities included planetarium shows, story telling, a crafts table, face painting and animal balloons.

March 6 and 7 (3 shows)
Everything About the Sun and The Sun and Other Stars

April 3 and 4
Juneau Astronomy Club telescope viewing/workshop
The Beginning and the End

June 20
Summer Solstice - Dedication of downtown community sundial

Several Volunteer Training Workshops

October 2 (2 shows)
Spend an Evening Under the Stars

October 3
Music under the Stars

November 6 and 7
Aurora Australis

December 4 and 5
Star Safari


Jan 8 and 9
Constellations of the Zodiac

Juneau Empire article quote from Riley Woodford
Juneau Symphony presenting "a visually adventurous rendition of Holst's popular suite "The Planets." "Holst's music in "The Planets" may conjure visions of the cosmos in the imagination, but the symphony will make sure the audience sees galaxies, nebulae and our solar system in the auditorium."

"The symphony has arranged to have about 50 astronomical images, photographed through the orbiting Hubble telescope and from an observatory in Australia, projected during the concert. Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium also will be on hand in the lobby with hands-on displays and astronomy exhibits"

February 2 and 3
Juneau Symphony presents music, images of the cosmos with participation of planetarium volunteers helped with slide show of Hubble and other photographs accompany performance of Holst's 'The Planets' by the Juneau Symphony.

Letter to Juneau Empire
The musicians and board of the Juneau Symphony join me in thanking everyone who attended our Cosmic Adventure concerts in early February. It was a great concert, and is it especially wonderful to play to such appreciative audiences.

Special thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support:

The Friends of Marie Drake Planetarium, with whom the Symphony was fortunate to collaborate for Cosmic Adventure. In addition to providing lobby displays and coloring pages for children of all ages, planetarium volunteers Michael Orelove, Scot Tiernan, Jason Ginter, Steve Kocsis, Patty Zimmerman, Erik Kellogg, and Chad Guertin worked create a visually stunning slide show that accompanied Holst's The Planets.

See you at the Symphony!
Kyle Wiley Pickett

February 5 and 6
The Eight Planets Plus Pluto

March 5 and 6
Space and Time - Why do Clocks Run Clockwise?

Participation in July 4th Parade

September 1
Juneau Community Planet Walk opening celebration at Twin Lakes


Volunteers worked with Perseverance Theater''s  Young Shakespeare Training Company production of Antigone by Sophocles. Play was held in planetarium. The stars were turned on as the actors entered. The stars where then turned off and the play commenced. After the play, a 10 minute presentation was given of the night sky.