The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau
1415 Glacier Avenue

Digital Planetarium Week, October 7th to 12th, 2019

From October 7th - 12th,three educators from the Museum of Flight’s Portable Universe program brought their full-dome digital projector and portable dome to Juneau. 1,060 3rd – 5th graders were engaged in an educational live interactive planetarium show - Under the Night Sky.  

Our guests also provided free movies and shows for both children and all ages. 677 people attended public shows.

A three hour training to Juneau teachers and board members was given. This was the first of a one credit "Learning and Sharing Astronomy" class.

Primary funding came from the Museum of Flight with additional funding from the Juneau School District and the Friends of the Mari Drake Planetarium.

We thank everyone who made this week possible, especially The Museum of Flight and the Juneau School District. 

We appreciate your attendance which resulted in some "sold out" shows.  Don't worry if you could not attend. There will be at least two shows before the end of this year with our existing Spitz projector and new presentations in 2020 with a digital system similar to the one used during digital planetarium week.


Free public shows presented by the Portable Universe, an education outreach program of Seattle's Museum of Flight, and their full-dome digital projector!  Learn more below.

If free, why have signups?   Have an ease of mind knowing that you and yours will find a space inside the Marie Drake Planetarium.  And yet, show up by 5 minutes before showtime.  After that unfilled spaces will be available on a first come basis.
If free, why donate?   The planetarium in Juneau is run 100% by volunteers. We try to keep shows free and also purchase a full-dome digital projector for Juneau.
Why volunteer?   We need folks to help at the door during this week.



One week of free public shows by Seattle's Museum of Flight Portable Universe and digital projector..


We worked with the Juneau School District to provide presentation Oct 7th - 11th at various elementary schools (grades 3-5). 

These programs were scheduled by the school district and will be offered to as many students as possible in time available.

 

We will have live and interactive planetarium show (Under the Night Sky) and full dome movies.


This is an opportunity to see for yourself what a full-dome digital planetarium projector can do for Juneau!  We are half-way to purchasing our own.  See why we are so excited about our future!


Like  our Digital Planetarium Week Juneau Facebook page to keep up with all events and share your experiences.

Click here to learn more about Museum of Flight
Link will take you to their Charles Simonyi space gallery, but there is a lot more to experience. The Museum is located half way between SeaTac and downtown Seattle.

Contact

Rosemary Walling (907) 723-0692
RosemaryWalling@yahoo.com

This month, we were awarded a $10,000 matching grant from  the Juneau Community Foundation's Blackwell Fund


We need to raise $12,000 to match the grant and to get a new planetarium system up and running in Juneau.