The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau
1415 Glacier Avenue


Free unless otherwise indicated.

Below are future astronomy and space related events open to the public. These are mostly organized by the Marie Drake Planetarium and some events are co-hosted with us.

Private shows for school classes and community groups not listed on this page.

Contact Cristina at if you have something to add.
Silent Sky
Play by Lauren Gunderson
January 10th to February 2nd 
at Perseverance Theatre

Ticket Required  - Price Varies

Miss Leavitt’s Stars Unlock the Universe

Wednesday January 29 at 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library

How far away are the stars?  In a time when women did the laborious and detailed tasks of analyzing the photographic images of stars, Henrietta Leavitt observed a pattern in the brightening and dimming of certain stars she analyzed.  What did she find?  The result was a powerful tool, now known as Leavitt's Law, which helps us answer this question. 

Presentation is free and may be enjoyed even if you are unable to attend the play. Suitable for teenagers and adults, but anyone may attend..

The play is the story of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

The year is 1900 and the world abounds with curiosity about what lies beyond the clouds.  When Henrietta is given the opportunity to work at the Harvard Observatory mapping the stars, she leaves home to follow her dreams of scientific exploration.  But when she arrives, she learns that she won’t even be allowed to use Harvard’s telescope – the Great Refractor. Henrietta, however, will not be dissuaded as she embarks on a journey of discovery that has a profound and lasting impact on the field of astronomy

Visit their website to learn more and purchase tickets.  If your budget it tight,  There are several discount performances.

There are also photos on theatre's Facebook page.

The board highly recommends this play.  At the theatre,  there are various displays including astrophotography by Dave Hanson.

Silent Sky Performance with pre-show talk

& Community Conversation
Sunday, January 26

If you attending play, you may attend a pre show talk at 3:00 pm. It is shorter version of presentation listed above.  Held in black box room next to lobby.           

About 6 pm there will be a free Community Conversation. Rosemary and Dave will participate.

Juneau's Night Sky

Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: 6:00 pm to 8 pm
Presenters:  Rosemary Walling and Dave Hanson.
Audience:  All ages
Location: Mendenhall Glacier Visitors's Center
Call Rosemary at 723-0692 if you have questions.
Will repeat at planetarium in Feb. Date TBA

Curiosity Unleashed

Monday, January 27, 5 pm to 7 pm at TMHS

The STEM Coalition’s Annual free event for K-5 Families 

This year they are partnering with the Juneau School District’s Artful Teaching program to offer an evening focused on STEAM with two special 30-min arts presentations for families.

Visit their website to learn more:

The planetarium will have two tables in a classroom with some hands on activities and some free astronomy items to take home.. 

Often night sky books are written for latitudes in the lower 48.  What can you see here with your naked eye?  What more opens up with binoculars or telescopes?

This is part of the Mendenhall Glacier's free Fireside Chat program. There used to be two shows for Fireside chats, but now there is just one show, so show up early for a good seat.

From 6 pm to 7 pm, the planetarium will set up telescope(s) outside for viewing the sky if weather permits.  You can check the home page of this website to see if telescope event is canceled due to observing conditions.

Presentation will include astrophotography by Dave Hanson.

Please get a seat in the auditorium before you come out to view the sky. Seating is limited and will fill quickly.

Talk will be repeated at the planetarium in February. Date TBA.

Astrophysics and Philosophy

Tues, Feb. 18,  7 pm to 8:15 pm

Three great philosophical questions from the perspective of astrophysics.
Why is the Earth square? 
Is free will possible?
Can something be in two places at the same time?
A look at the more hidden laws of nature.
Presentation by Marc Finklestein
Talk is most appropriate for adults and older teens, but all are welcome.

We will begin by using our new digital projector in action. I'm not sure what we are showing, but it will be out of this world!

Marc is the Aerospace Education Officer, Civil Air patrol, SE Alaska Squadron.

Before retirement, he was the president and founder  of FlightScience, LLC , an aerospace consulting company, for 17 years