Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Fundraiser for Digital Planetarium System

  • To increase the capability and versatility of the planetarium, we are  fundraising to buy a digital planetarium system.
  • Our Spitz projector celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. It is an analog mechanical optical projection system. 
  •  It works well for showing the night sky but its capabilities are very limited. It can only show view from earth.  
  • The planetarium is part of the Juneau School District. However, the district does not provide staffing or funding for planetarium programming or equipment.
  • Because we do not charge for shows, we need to raise money from grants and individuals to pay for a new planetarium system.

$35,000raised to date

Help us continue to provide free astronomy education in Juneau to the public, school classes and community groups.

We invite you to join us in opening a window from Juneau to the Universe.

A digital planetarium system will be an out of this world educational tool.

What System will be purchased?

  • The Friend of the Marie Drake Planetarium board is leaning towards buying The DigitariumĀ® Fixed Dome System from Digitalis.
  • Click here to learn about the features of this system.

Click here for a list of donors.