At almost all planetarium shows,
our projector is used to display ‘The Night Sky.’ We show Juneau’s night sky showing how the sky would look if it was clear. We include
current and local astronomical happenings. These presentations are informal with audiences asking questions.
Art Shaw, Planetarium Director
The main instrument in the planetarium is the star projector. The Marie Drake Planetarium is equipped with a Spitz Model A3P. The star projector provides a realistic view of the night sky as seen by the naked eye. It projects stars, planets, Sun, and Moon in their correct positions as well as an astronomical grid to illustrate the coordinates used by astronomical charts.
Juneau Empire photo
School Children in front of Spitz
Juneau Empire image
Board member John Kremers operating console
School children at console.
In November, 2020 the planetarium purchased a new analog planetarium system. It is a Digitarium from Digitalis in Washington.
The board have not decided what to do with the analog Spitz system.
Funds would be needed to keep using it effectively.