The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

2012 Shows and Events

Public Presentations

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. 

Photo by Dennia Mammana

Neptune and Poisiden 
Astronomy and Mythology presentation by Ken Fix. 


Poster by Isabella

Black Holes 

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

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The Big Bang for Beginners
Presentation for adults by Steve Kocsis 
Poster by Isabella
Hades, Pluto and trans Neptunian objects
Astronomy and mythology presentation by Ken Fix

Poster by Isabella

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.
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NASA image

Free image from www,

Summer Movies

Robinson Crusoe on Mars 
Retro sci-fi movie. Also video on Venus Transit

Astro Puppies 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

 Ares, Mars and the Three Robotic Rover

Presentation on mythology and astronomy by Ken Fix.

Ares is the Greek god of war.


Mars Rover - NASA image
Bad Astronomy 
Presentation by John Kremers on the misconceptions some people have about astronomy.
Poster by Isabella
International Space Station
ISS Mission Logo
Kid's Astronomy
Interactive event led by Clark Branch.
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Space Telescopes

Ken Fix presentation on space telescopes Hubble and Chandra .

This NASA photograph of the Hubble Space Telescope was taken by the space shuttle Atlantis’ robotic arm during Servicing Mission 4


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

Banner for parade