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Voting has now closed for the 2014 Main IPS Election.

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IPS 2016
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19-25 June 2016.

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What's new on this site:

The December 2014 Planetarian is now available in pdf format online. Go to the Planetarian online link on the Members Only tab to check it out. 


Free shows:

December 2015: Monsters of the Cosmos, the latest mashup from Symphony of Science. Created by John D. Boswell (a.k.a. melodysheep), in partnership with Mike Farr and Matthew Mascheri.  


 November 2014: New Horizons for a Little Planet ...a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt (fly by of Pluto July 2015), from Hartnell College Planetarium.



November 2014: Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way, a 7-minute planetarium mini-show produced by the Education and Public Outreach Department of the European Southern Observatory, available for free in 4k resolution.

The deadline for Vision 2020 survey responses has been extended until December 31, 2014.

New: For affiliate representatives and conference planners between now and the end of the year, or, if you would rather not respond using the online survey, there is a pdf version available to download and print. Go to the Vision 2020 page to download.

IPS Vision 2020:
Please take the survey

to give your thoughts on IPS strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.



Dear IPS Colleagues and Fellow Planetarians,

I am pleased to report to you all that the voting in the special election for filling the vacant position of IPS president elect has been concluded and the votes tallied in accordance with our rules. My thanks to Martin George, chair of the IPS Elections Committee, and the committee members for their meticulous organization of this important process.

The membership has voted for Joanne Young as new IPS president elect. Congratulations Joanne!

I would also like to thank Steve Savage for his participation in our democratic process. He has been a strong contender and candidate, and so I hope that he will consider standing for an office again in the future. As my time as president draws to a close at the end of this year, I now look forward to working with Joanne Young until she takes over the position of IPS president. I am really pleased that we have found such a high-profile person to step in and fill the vacancy left after Paul Knappenberger´s resignation.

- Thomas Kraupe

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Thomas Kraupe, President
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