The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau
1415 Glacier Avenue

2019 Shows and Events

Public Shows

Portable Planetarium - See the Stars 

See the stars. Learn about planets, stars, and more.  Put it together and create your very own universe!  Activity for kids through elementary grades.

Not our portable, just a fun picture.

Celestial Navigation
Presentation by Nick Nickerson

Rocket Science 101 - From Earth to Space
Presentor Marc Finkelstein

Galaxies - Engines of the Universe

Presenter:  Dave Hanson who will share some of his own photos.

Image on left is a watercolor of Milky Way galaxy.

Exploring Mars  Adult Show - 

From Spirit and Opportunity to Mars 2020

Presentation by Rosemary Walling will address:  What’s the latest news from Mars?  Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are now silent.  What is their legacy? Rover Curiosity is still roving.  What’s the story of water on Mars?  What can we expect from the InSight lander and the Mars 2020 rover? 

Exploring Mars! - Kid’s Show

Presentation by Rosemary Walling

The Night Sky of Orion's Stars

The constellation of Orion the Hunter leaves the Juneau night sky in April.  Why are we fascinated by these stars and the legends told about them? To astronomers, the region of Orion is rich with bright stars, clusters of stars, and colorful nebulas. The Orion Nebula is known for stellar nurseries where new stars and planets are born.  And what do Orion and 'shooting stars' have to do with Halley's comet?

All ages show by Rosemary Walling and Dave Hanson.

Kids' Day at the Planetarium

Winter Stars

Kids Show at the Planetarium:  The Orion Constellation - Stars and Stories! 

Presenters:  Rosemary Walling and Dave Hanson.

What is Space?

Kid's Show

Presenter:  Rosemary Walling

Darkness Visible

Earth Day History and Humor

All ages

Presenter:  Cristina Della Rosa

Part of Juneau Jazz and Classics

Table at this free family event at UAS

Earth's footprint in the galaxy - Have we been seen? have we been visited?'

Earth continuously broadcasts signals into space.  Some are aimed at satellites and deep space probes, others are unintentional like TV, radio and Radar.   What if any remain detectable by a potential alien civilization light years away?  Can they respond?  Would we recognize the response?  Can they come and visit?  How likely is it they have?

Presenter:  Marc Finkelstiein

Kid's Activity -- Make a Universe!

See the stars. Learn about planets, stars, and more.  Put it together and create your very own universe!  Activity for kids through elementary grades.

Moon Rocks and How we got them to Earth

Presenter:  Cathy Connor, UAS Professor of Geology, Emerita

In this talk we will explore lunar geology and the US/USSR "Space Race". How scientific exploration and Cold War politics lead up to the Apollo Missions between 1961-1972.

Night Sky

Presentation by Clark Branch and Dave Hanson

Kid's show on Telescopes
How do telescopes see more than we can see with our own eyes?  Both collect light, but telescopes see more and we can turn that light into amazing pictures to keep.   How do we do that?   How big are telescopes?  See some amazing telescopes and their pictures like those from the Hubble in space and the Keck in Hawaii.

Apoll0 11 - Fire on the Moon

Science and politics of Apollo 11 mission.

Apollo 11 2019 Documentary


The Greatest, Strangest and Coolest Space accomplishments of all time! Some you might have heard of, many you probably haven't.

See the stars in portable planetarium

Valley Library co-sponsored by Juneau public library and Girl Scouts.

Alaska State Museum First Friday event - co-sponsored with  Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.

Gold Rush Days

We had a table of astronomy activities e.g. art projects

Digital Planetarium Week
October 7 - 12

Community Group Presentations


School Group Presentations

Moon Phases - Rivervend