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quote from Johannes Kepler: The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves


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By-Laws Amendments

Watch your postal mail for an important mailing from IPS. It contains the ballot for proposed amendments to the IPS By-Laws, primarily to allow future amendments to be voted upon electronically. All signed ballots must be returned, either by postal mail or by scanning/photographing and sending via email, by January 7, 2017.

See the text of the ballot (members only)
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From the NASA Museum Alliance: To help planetariums prepare for the eclipse, the Alliance is offering to consolidate orders for solar viewing glasses at significant savings, especially for those needing smaller quantities. To learn more, see the Alliance eclipse contact form.

The Museum Alliance was created to be the "front door" between NASA and the world of informal education. The Alliance is for informal educators seeking free NASA educational resources and services. It is also where NASA experts can find a ready-made audience to engage the worldwide public about their work, their information, and their educational products and services.

 New pages:

Get Involved:
contests, ways to share with others....
New link in left navigation.

Voices from the Dome and

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Two "do it yourself" construction guides on the
Portable Planetariums page


Helping hand at IPS2016

Warsaw Memories - IPS2016 Conference

For those unable to attend the fantastic conference in Warsaw, and for those who want to relive the experience, be sure to check the conference site at frequently as new pictures are uploaded.

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Next Conference—IPS 2018:
Toulouse, France, July 1–6

See preliminary information from Planetarian


Bids for the IPS 2020 Conference

Bogota, Colombia
Planetario de Bogota

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tellus World of Science
Houston, Texas, USA
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Watch Planetarian for more info and tell your affiliate representative which site you prefer.

See the final version of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

Education Program Information Survey

New free programs and multimedia:

Sight thumbnailSeeing! ...a photon's journey across space, time, and the mind. Planetarium show based on a 1-hr PBS documentary "Sight--The Story of Vision" about the science, technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. Get show on hard drive or register for free download from 1K and 2K versions for smaller domes should be available around December 19 at the FTP site.

Hubble Globular Star ClusterGlobular Star Cluster Exploration. Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds. This scientific visualization presents a flight to a small globular star cluster and a few hundred thousand years of its development. ...During the flight to and around the globular star cluster, time has been stopped to allow one to examine the structure of the cluster. After arrival, the stars begin their swarming orbits. The visualization uses data from a simulation that followed the orbits of 6144 stars using the special purpose supercomputer GRAPE-4.

Dark Matter Mystery coverThe Dark Matter Mystery: Exploring a Cosmic Secret, produced by the Planetarium in Laupheim, Germany, written by Dr. Rafael Lang, funded by the National Science Foundation, released under a Creative Commons license and available at It includes fulldome footage from the LHC/CMS-detector and the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. Duration: 38 minutes; resolutions: 2k, 4k; languages: German, English, and French and Italian (audio only). See fulldome preview.

The Incredible Sun fulldome imageFrom Brno Observatory and Planetarium: The Incredible Sun. Every second the sun emits million times more energy than the world consumes every year. Where does such a huge amount of power come from? Discover our star through the breathtaking timelapses taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Contains the mechanics of solar eclipses! 11 minutes, general audiences (8+ and above), 4k, 5.1 audio, unidirectional. Go to for more information and ask for a free license.

Free Planetarium Products from European Southern Observatory (ESO): fulldome clips, full-length shows, music tracks, and more. Part of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre project.
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NASA Mars media:

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See more in the IPS Free Media pages

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Deadline for 2016 Stratoscript Compendium Ring

12/16/2016 » 12/18/2016
Small Digital Planetarium Workshop

Deadline for "Pages of Stars"

Deadline for Week in the United States

2/22/2017 » 2/26/2017

President's Message
From Joanne Young


International Planetarium Society, Inc.     
c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer     
Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street     
Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA