Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

2015 Shows and Events

Public Shows

Extraterrestial Life
Presentation by Steve Kocsis



Drawing by Bobby Ousterhaus

Diamond ring effect during total solar eclipse


The Seven Wonders of the Universe 
by visiting astronomer Dennis Mammana

Journey across the universe to witness the most spectacular phenomena in existence... from the collisions of massive galaxies to the wonder of star-birth to the delicate majesty of a total solar eclipse―and all in between.  

 $5 for adults.


'The Greatest Light Show on Earth!'

by visiting astronomer Dennis Mammana
High above the arctic regions of our planet dance the

unearthly colors of the aurora borealis—the northern lights. Learn the origins and lore of these mysterious lights, how to predict thei rappearance over Juneau, and how to use your camera to capture them like a pro.


$5 for adults

Dennis Mammana


Delicate Arch

Night Sky Photography Workshop

All day fee class by visiting astronomer Dennis Mammana.

Strange Stuff: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes
Presentation by Steve Kocsis for adults.
 


NASA image

Poster from ballet performed in Anchorage

Art of the Aurora 
Images representing and inspired by the Northern Lights. Presentation by Cristina Della Rosa

Astronaut Humor

A family friendly show about astronauts, real, animal and imagined by Cristina Della Rosa.

Image from movie  Fly Me to the Moon

Public domain image

Northern Lights

Science of the aurora borealis.



Transneptunian Objects
AKA dwarf planets. These are bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune e.g. Pluto.
Presentation by Steve Kocsis intended for adults.


NASA image

NASA image from www.space-facts.com


Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Fate of the Fate of the Universe 
Learn about the composition of our universe in a presentation by Steve Kocsis. Our universe is 70% dark energy, 25% dark matter and 5% normal matter. Presentation is intended for adults.



Rosetta Mission


Presentation by Rosemary Walling, UAS instructor in astronomy.


NASA image

Black Hole Humor

Black Holes Have No Hair

Presentation for adults by Steve Kocsis



Community Groups

  • Bartlett Hospital
  • Boy Scouts 

School Groups

169 students participated.
  • UAS General Astronomy Class
  • Harborview (two preschool classes, one class 3rd graders