The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

2023  Shows and Events

School Group Presentations

  • Homebridge
  • Montessori
  • Charter School
  • Teacher Inservice - Sunset Meditation movie
  • Mendenhall River
  • Pre K
  • Charter School

Community Group Presentations

  • Girl Scouts

Public Presentations 

Galaxies: Engines of the Universe


James Webb Space Telescope Update

Star Stuff movie

First Fridays

Fulldome Films, Tour of Universe  and Telescope Viewing on First Fridays

Moons of Solar System

Learn about the moons of our solar system, some of which may contain life.

Supermassive Black Hole - Sagittarius A*

Set the controls for the heart of the Milky Way galaxy- supermassive Black Hole - Sagittarius A*  

The center of our galaxy contains a 5 million solar mass Black hole the size of our solar system. A dynamic region of chaos, turbulence and high energies. 26000 light years from Earth it’s existence proven from the orbits of stars captured in it’s gravity. 

We will share the 2022 movie Cosmic Mashups by the Fiske Planetarium.

From Earth to the Universe fulldome movie

Birth, Life and Death of Stars

  • Join Dave Hanson to explore the Life Cycle of Stars.

Big Astronomy

  • Movie explores three observatories located in extreme environments and remote locations in Chile. Due to its special climate and location, which creates stable, dry air Chile is one of the best places in the world for astronomy. By 2022, 70% of the world's optical and infrared collecting power will be located in Chile.  With a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the film highlights the multitude of careers needed to keep the great observatories working. The show is narrated by Barbara Rojas-Ayala, a Chilean astronomer. 

Hot and Energetic Universe fulldome movie

  • This fulldome movie from 2016 was created by the European Southern Observatory.  Learn about  the natural phenomena related to High Energy Astrophysics.  Observing the Supermassive Black Hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. 
  • We will discuss pulsars and quasars. 

Habitat Earth

  • Celebrate Earth Day with a movie from the California Academy of Sciences. 
  • We are showing Habitat Earth: Living In A Connected World.  
  • This is a 24 minute fulldome movie projected onto our 30 foot dome. 
  • Movie is an exploration of what it means to live in today's connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans.  Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
  • This award-winning original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect),

Living Worlds movie

  • This is a 27 minute fulldome movie projected onto our 30 foot dome. 
  • Movie was made iin 2021 921 by the California Academy of Sciences.
  • Earth is a planet shaped by life. From the forests that help stabilize our climate, to the winds carrying life-sustaining water and oxygen to far-flung parts of the globe, the fingerprints of life are visible even from many light years away. Living Worlds invites you to journey through space and time to examine life as an essential quality of our home planet.

Space Shapes

  • Learn about the shapes of various objects in the universe.
  • Find out why planets and moon are spherical.

Space Shapes

  • Join Steve and Quinn to learn about the shapes of objects in the universe. 
  • Find out why planets and moons are spherical.
  • We will also cover Juneau’s Night Sky and Space News.
  • Presentation designed for all ages. 
  • Sign up suggested to guarantee a seat. 

What is the Universe Made of?

  • Join Steve and Quinn to find out. (5% Known, 95% Unknown). 
  • We will also share Juneau’s Night Sky and Space News.
  • Presentation designed for adults but anyone may attend.