The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau
1415 Glacier Avenue

Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium (FOMDP)

  • FOMDP a 501(c)(3) was formed in 2014 to support the planetarium and astronomy education in Juneau.  We are fundraising for a new digital projector. The planetarium has been run by volunteers since November, 1991. 
  • The purpose of FOMDP is to promote astronomy education in Juneau including promoting, using and upgrading the Marie Drake Planetarium.
  • The board's primary goal is to raise funds for purchase of a new projector. 
  • When the non-profit formed, the organization of planetarium remained as before: Presentations and events continued to be (almost always) free and are given by volunteers reflecting their diverse knowledge and interest in astronomy.
  • A person must volunteer for at least a year before being becoming a board member.

You may contact any board member with questions, ideas, donations, etc.

Email is our preferred method of communication.

Current Board Members

Cristina Della Rosa, President (500-2942)
Clark Branch, Vice-President and Treasurer (723-8044)
Steve Kocsis, Secretary (500-2941)
Rosemary Walling, General Member (723-0692)
Dave Hanson, General Member (465-9272)


Steve has taught astronomy at UAS. He has been to eight solar eclipses.

Past Board Members

Ken Fix
John Kremers