The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

2012 Shows and Events

Public Presentations

Poster by Isabella

Neptune and Poisiden 
Astronomy and Mythology presentation by Ken Fix. 


The Northern Lights -  The Greatest Light Show on Earth! 
Presentation by Dennis Mammana. High above the arctic regions of our planet dance the unearthly colors of the aurora borealis-the northern lights.  You will learn the origins and lore of these mysterious lights, how to predict their appearance over Juneau, and how to use your camera to capture them like a pro. 
$5 fee for adults.

Photo by Dennia Mammana

Poster by Isabella
The Big Bang for Beginners
Presentation for adults by Steve Kocsis 

Black Holes 

Steve Kocsis will talk about black holes in presentation designed for for adults.

ISS Mission Logo
International Space Station

Northern Lights Science and Art 
Two presentations. One for National Park Service in Skagway.
Presenters:  Steve Kocsis and Cristina Della Rosa

Children's book by Shelley Gill

Poster by Isabella

Hades, Pluto and trans Neptunian objects
Astronomy and mythology presentation by Ken Fix
Venus Transit - Sidewalk Astronomy Event 
Telescopes and solar filters set up at Marine Park. 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
See article and photo in Juneau Empire.
Click here to learn more.

NASA image

Free image from www,

Summer Movies
  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars 
    Retro Sci-Fi Movie. Also video on Venus Transi
  • AstroPuppies in Space
Movie for children
  • Wars of the Worlds
Retro sci-fi movie.

Eros, Asteroids and Plantary Transits
Astronomy and mythology presentation by Ken Fix.

NASA image
Mars Rover - NASA image


Ares, Mars and the Three Robotic Rover
Presentation on mythology and astronomy by Ken Fix.

Ares is the Greek god of war.


Bad Astronomy 
Presentation by John Kremers on the misconceptions some people have about astronomy.
Poster by Isabella
Image from
Kid's Astronomy
Interactive event led by Clark Branch.

Space Telescopes

Ken Fix presentation on space telescopes Hubble and Chandra .


NASA image from:

School Presentations

  • Auke Bay Pre School  
  • Pre-school presentation 
  • 4th and 5th grade presentation at Harborview School. Tlingit elder also came and shared stories.
  • Three presentations for Rally groups. Astronomy and mythology 
  • School presentation (30)
  • School Presentation - 1st - 3rd and 5th grades 
  • Raven Correspondence School  

Community Group Presentations

  • Presentation for adults from ORCA
  • Presentation for adults from JAMI : Stars tonight plus Moon humor.

Other Activities

  • Three planetarium volunteers help with KTOO radio pledge drive
  • Garage Sale at Planetarium. Profits $554

Participation in July 4th parade with theme 'The Space Shuttle' in honor of end of space shuttle program in 2011.
Banner for parade