Frequently Asked Questions
- We do not have regularly scheduled hours.
- The planetarium is only open for events and presentation
- The planetarium will be closed from May 28th to mid August for building repairs. We will have shows and events in other locations.
How do I contact planetarium?
The best way is to contact us via email.
If you need to talk with someone, call Steve at (907) 500-2941.
The planetarium is a non profit with a five member board to directors. Click below to learn more.
What is the purpose of the planetarium?
To provide astronomy education in Juneau to people of all ages and levels of astronomy educations
Do you charge for planetarium shows and events?
- Our programs are free. We occasionally charge e.g. if we have a fundraising event or have a program that involves paying a stipend to an out of town speaker.
- There is a donation jar at each event and we appreciate your support.
- We usually have a few free items at shows and a few inexpensive items for sale.
- The planetarium has been run since by volunteers since 1990. Volunteers who give presentation choose topics based on their knowledge and interests. We welcome new presenters and volunteers.
- Since 2011, we have been a non profit with a board of directors. The board makes decisions about policies and programming.
- Your ideas for the planetarium and programming. We also appreciate feedback and constructive suggestions on how we can better provide astronomy education.
- JSD maintains the planetarium space paying for utilities, cleaning etc.
- The school district also uses the space for school activities such as RALLY and sometimes rents out the space.
- The school district does not provide funding for staffing or programming at the planetarium. In the past, JSD has provided a some funding for equipment.
- Planetarium volunteers train teachers who wish to use the planetarium system for their classes.
- The new planetarium system we are fundraising for will be a great tool for Juneau teachers.
- We generally show use our analog starball (planetarium system) and have a presentation.
- The starball shows "The Sky Tonight' which is Juneau's night sky and we discuss upcoming local astronomical events.
- Presentations are usually a PowerPoint type presentation, but may also include a hands on activity.
- The new digital planetarium system we are fundraising for, will greatly improve the versatility and variety of our programming. It will be an exciting tool for visual astronomy education in Juneau. We anticipate that it will increase our attendance and number of volunteers.
- Our shows are generally one hour and are generally held on Tuesday evenings or Sunday afternoons.
- These days and times are flexible, so join our email list of like us on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events.
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