The Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, AK

Upcoming Free Shows

Gallery Walk - First Friday,  December 2nd
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

  • Explore our Solar system with our digital projector and enjoy short fulldome movies on our 30 foot dome. 
  • Movies with cover astronomy and space exploration. 
  • Weather permitting, we will set up a telescope outside Marie Drake Building for you to look through.
  • Suitable for all ages and no sign up required. 
  • Stop by for as long as you like.
  • Masks required and provided.

Family Moon Show
Friday, December 9th -  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
and Saturday, Dec. 10th 4:00 pm too 5:00 pm

  • Join us for a fun Christmas show for the young at heart.
  • Steve will take us to the Moon and answer your questions about Earth's only natural satellite
  • Find out why and how Santa goes to the Moon, with humorous presenatation by Cristina.
  • Enjoy a fulldome movie Max Goes to the Moon.  Show combines facts about moon and the story of Max (the dog) and a young girl taking the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era.
  • Click here  to watch a trailer. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Click here for lots of related children's moon resources.
  • Masks required and provided.
  • Click button below to sign up.

Secrets of Starlight - Date to be determined

  • How do we know what's out there ?  What secrets can starlight tell us ?  How do astronomers know what stars are made of, why some are red, some yellow, some blue ?
  • We will show you, loan you a set of "SpectrumSpectacle" glasses, to look at plasma light from excited Neon, Helium, and Argon atoms ! 
  • Stars are made of plasma, the fourth state of matter -- the most abundant in the universe -- which emits starlight in specific colors made by jumping electrons. See the colors through your SpectrumSpecs, just like real astronomers do, to discover what those distant stars are made of -- including our local star.  What do we call it ?

  • Spectroscopy demonstration by Bill Leighy. He will bring three plasma tubes (Ne, AR, He) and diffraction grating glasses.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope and how it uses Spectroscopy
  • Explanation of spectroscopy and red shift.  Spectroscopy is the technique of observing the spectra of visible light from an object to determine its composition, temperature, density, and speed
  • Light - a fulldome movie from 2015.

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