The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

2010 Shows and Events

Picnic on the Moon

Wallace and Grommet short movie  "A Grand Day Out."
Two dates. Also star show with spitz. Two showings.

Poster by Isabella


Family Night at the Movies

Clip Art

Science on a Sphere at Alaska State Museum
Volunteers from the Marie Drake Planetarium will be presenting special programming using the museum's "Science on a Sphere" exhibit, which can replicate events on the surfaces of the sun and planets 

Similar sphere not at planetarium

Astronomy & The Internet

Presentation about astronomy resources on the internet

Poster by Isabella

The North Star's Procession
Finding North will be topic that could help you find home. Learn how to trace the North Star and the Big Dipper.

Poster by Isabella

The Great Eclipse 

Poster by Isabella

Life Without the Moon

Fly me to the ... Wait, Where's the Moon.  Find out what things would be like without the Earth's moon?

Poster by Isabella

Hermes and Mercury

Greek Mythology and Astronomy presentation by Ken Fix.

Poster by Isabella

The Great Eclipse

Presentation on the July 22, 2009 total solar eclipse, which was the longest of the 21st century. It lasted a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia.

Three planetarium volunteers witnessed it in China: John Kramers, Steve Kocsis and Cristina Della Rosa.


Nebulas are clouds of gas and dust in space. Some are regions where New stars are being formed, others are the remains of dying or dead stars. They have amazing shapes and colors. Nebula is Latin for CLOUD. There are four types of nebulas. Come to the show to learn about them and enjoy their beauty in this space adventure.

NASA image

Yoga Under the Stars

Interested in taking a break from your busy week to renew and rejuvenate this winter solstice? Gentle yoga event to commemorate the turning point from shorter to longer days and collectively sends hope into the world. Led by Cynthia Pring-Ham.

Poster by Isabella

Romance Under the Stars

Enjoy Valentine's Day with the stars. LIVE music by Geroge Wallace. Bring your sweetheart, pillow and a blanket and watch the stars slowly pass by on our 30 foot dome. A romantic way to pass the evening. Select a star and name if after your special someone by certifying it with the Marie Drake Planetarium registry

Love, Heart and Air Balloon image from Big Stock

Lunar Eclipse

August 28th around MIDNIGHT on Tuesday, Juneau will be in an excellent location to view an actual TOTAL eclipse of the moon.

UMBRA starts at 00:52 and TOTALITY starts at 01:52

We will have a special session at the Mendenhall Visitor Session. If you have telescopes, binoculars, cameras with special long distance scopes for photos , this is your opportunity to have some fun. However, you do not need to have anything special. If we have a splendid cloudless Juneau night, you will be able to see it with no problem. 

We will  also discuss on KTOO radio.

Celestial Superfly

World premiere of 27 minute film created by Michael Bott. A virtual flight around our solar system, our Galaxy and to the edge of the unknown. Orbit distant moons and planets, experience interstellar travel at the speed of light, and enjoy the beauty of Earth from space. Set to a great soundtrack, experience this virtual space flight to the edge and back. The definition of superfly is "way cool or off the chain".

Also a short presentation on the December 20th total lunar eclipse which will be visible from Juneau (with clear skies).

Poster by Isabella B

Community Group Presentation

  • Three third grade class from Gastineau 
  • Presentation to 2/3 grade class from Harborview

  • Presentation to Montessori Borealis students 

School Group Presentations

  • Daisy Girl Scouts 
  • KTOO interview: Topic: Total Solar Eclipses