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IPS Welcomes two new Affiliate Representatives

Two new faces appear on the IPS Affiliates page. They are Frank Florian (left), representing the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), and Levent Gurdemir (right), the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP).

Frank fills a position held capably for many years by Ian McLennan. Levent takes over for Rachel Thompson, who began duties as the IPS Executive Secretary at the beginning of this year.

Frank Florian  

Announcing a new Ad Hoc Committee

Dave Weinrich

Past President Joanne Young, as one of her final actions as president last year, has formed a new Ad Hoc Committee called Emerging Communities and has named Dave Weinrich, himself a past IPS president, as the chair.

Dave has done considerable work in Ghana, working to establish a planetarium there, and plans to continue his outreach there.
An emerging community, for the IPS, is one that is working in an economically challenged region on a mission to establish a planetarium.


The December 2016 Planetarian is now available in the Members Only section.  

Welcome to 2017 and the changing of the guard for IPS officers

Call for 2018 IPS Awards and Fellows Nominations

IPS membership voted to change the by-laws
January 7, 2017 as follows [new wording in brackets]:

ARTICLE XIII - Amendment of By-Laws
By-Laws of the Society may be repealed or amended only upon recommendation of the Council and by a two-thirds vote of the eligible membership of the Society responding to the ballot. The Council shall entertain all recommendations from the membership for changes to the By-Laws. Recommendations of the Council shall be put to the membership when necessary[, by electronic mail]. [Voting shall be by electronic means on the Society's Website or other electronic means sanctioned by the society.] A minimum of [fifteen days from the date of notice of the proposed change(s)] shall be allowed for the voting procedure. An amendment to the By-Laws goes into effect immediately upon its adoption unless the amendment specifies otherwise.


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Voices from the Dome

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


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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

See the December 2016 Planetarian for more information and tell your affiliate representative which site you prefer.

See the final version of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan


New free programs and multimedia:

Sight thumbnail

Seeing! ...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 Cluster

Globular 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 cover The 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 image

From 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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President's Message
From Joanne Young


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c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer     
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