Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Appreciations:  Non cash Gifts and In-Kind Donations


September 3rd - Neighbors in Juneau Empire

Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium, the nonprofit that runs the Marie Drake Planetarium, were presented with a generous donation by the Montessori Borealis school.

Lynette Mcnutt and her students presented the check. The money was raised by a bake sale and will be added to our fund to purchase a new digital projector, replacing the 50-year-old analog projector. We are grateful to the teacher and students who devoted time and energy.

The planetarium is part of the school district and has been run by volunteers for 25 years. We offer astronomy education to the public, schools and community groups without charge. The 30-foot fixed dome is the largest in the state. See the stars shine even on the rainiest night. Our schedule is at

Steve Kocsis


April 5, 2015

Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium thank American Seafoods

The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium want to thank American Seafoods for the generous grant made to our organization. Our volunteer group promotes free astronomical education using Marie Drake’s 30-foot dome, the 48 year old Spitz projector and digital media. The Spitz still works but, like a used car, will slowly run down. We are planning for it’s demise by researching and purchasing a new system. The replacement will be digital, which gives versatility such as not being restricted to Earth-centered views.

However, the analog Spitz does give superior star images. The end result will be a system that will be able to access the vast library of digital astronomical files to display the grandeur of the universe.

Information on our upcoming and past shows can be found at,

Steve Kocsis

Secretary, Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium


  • Thanks to Rosemary Walling for donation of a large number of astronomy books.


  • Thanks to all the people who donated items to our September garage sale held at the planetarium. $550.00 was raised.


  • Valley Paint for donating 5 gallons of paint for the Sun project at the Planet Walk
  • Sally McIntire for donation of a Meade Digital Telescope.


  • David Phillips, a planetarium attendee, for a spotting scope.
  • Bartlett Hospital for dry ice for Kids Show at the Planetarium


"The planetarium volunteers appreciate the District's investment of slightly less than $2,000 to fund" Spitz maintenance, repair and training two day visit. "It improved the equipment, our ability to use it, and our relationship with the vendor. It confirms our appreciation for the asset that we own. It reminds us that our volunteer hours contribute to the educational palette available to students, teachers and the public."

- October memo to school district.