Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium Newsletter | Janaury 26, 2021

Mudrooms is on Season 10. This season their presentations of personal stories by locals will be recorded beforehand and broadcast on KTOO FM 104.3. on Feb. 22nd at 7:00 pm.

In February, the theme is "The Goods are Odd" and the planetarium will be the recipient of donations from attendees.

Event is free but donations will be given to the planetarium to bus school children to presentations.

Click to learn more or sign up to share your story. They still need two speakers.
Donate via Amazon Smile
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2020 Accomplishments
We were interviewed by the Pacific Planetarium Association for an article in the Western Alliances Conferences’ Fall 2020 Great Western Observer newsletter. You can find it on page 12 of the pdf (2020-10-GWO) here or go to the GWO tab at
Received $1,500 om grants
  • $1,000 from Juneau Community Foundation's Juneau Fund
  • $500 from Alaska USA’s Community Support Fund.

Total attendance at shows 454 including:

  • Juneau's Night Sky at planetarium and Mendenhall Glacier's Fireside Chat
  • Talks at Perseverance Theatre about astronomer Heneietta Leavitt and display of astrophotography in conjunction with their play Silent Sky about Ms. Leavitt

Purchased, installed and started using our new Digitarium Lambda system.

  • We started using our new Digitarium Lambda system in mid February and got positive feedback from attendees at our four shows. Unfortunately all shows had to stop in mid March due to Covid-19.
  • While the planetarium has been closed, board members have been learning how to use our new system at home. We have also been taking classes relating to the new system, astronomy topics, how to give planetarium presentations and how to create virtual programing.

Resources at Library
Go to the Juneau Public Library catalog and search for one of these:
  • The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
  • The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know
  • Life in Our Universe
  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From Big Bang to Future

Each is a complete course on DVDs produced by The Great Courses and comes with a guidebook. You can find even more astronomy DVDs like these at libraries throughout Alaska by just typing all of this in the catalog search: Great courses (DVD) Astronomy . Remember that you can request to pick up any of these at your local JPL branch library. 
Best 2020 Space Images
Click below to see what BBC News chose as best images.
New YouTube Channel
Email us if you would like t create a video for our channel. Perhaps you know someone in the astronomy or space exploration field you could interview.
Mars Photo Booth
Photo of Saffron on Mars. Click button below to create your own photo.