The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

2002  Shows and Events

Constellations of the Zodiac 

Jan 8 and 9 - one show for families 

The Eight Planets Plus Pluto 
Feb. 5 and 6 - one show for families
Including latest photos from Hubble Space Telescope

Other Events

Juneau Community Planet Walk opening celebration at Twin Lakes (Sep. 1)

In October, 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.

Space and Time

Why do Clocks Run Clockwise?  (March 5 and 6 - one show for families )

The Planets

Two concerts at JDHS, Feb. 2 and 3rd, 2002

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. 

In Program

Alaska's Capital City has a unique resource:  the Marie Drake Planetarium. The planetarium's 30-foot diameter domed-ceiling is ht 'screen' allowing images from a  sophisticated projector to model movements of the planets and stars in the daily, seasonal, annual and millennial patterns , as seen from any point on Earth.

Programs are presented by a group of dedicated volunteers. The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium welcome yu to their programs, and also welcome you to join their group, learn more about astronomy, and help create and present their shows!

Acknowledgements and further information
Thanks to Planetarium volunteers Michael Orelove, Scot Tiernan, Jason Ginter, Steve Kocsis, Patty Zimmerman, Eirik Kellogg and Chad Guertin

Planetarium web address and image sources included. Most photos taken by professional astronomer David Malin.

In Prrogram

The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra, Op. 32 (1917)

By Holst (1874-1934)

  1. Mars, the Bringer of War
  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. Mercury, the Winged Messeger
  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. Uranus, the Magician
  7. Neptune, the Mystic
Quotes from Music Director, Kyle Wiley Pickett

".. this program will feature images of space during the last movement of Holst's The Planets. This has been an interesting project to put together, and I thank Bruce Simonson for all his work to produce this part of the program."

The Planets is one of the most beloved works in the orchestral repertoire, and is certainly Gustav Holst's best known piece. 

Each movement in this work suggest a completely different mood. The listener is transported to the different planets through vivid imagery.

If you are wondering why there are only seven planets rather than eight (Earth is not included here), it is because Pluto had not yet been discovered. Later composers have written music for Pluto.

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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