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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

2016 IPS Elections:
Candidates' Statements

Electronic ballot is live as of Oct 1,
so IPS members, please VOTE!
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September 2016 Planetarian now available in Members Only


A reminder for mentors:  

If you know of a college/university student who is considering a career in the planetarium, the Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund is still accepting applications. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and may be renewed on an annual basis. The grantees also receive a free one-year membership in IPS and their regional planetarium association.

Learn more and find the scholarship application at

The scholarship is open to all United States citizens or legal residents attending an accredited education institution in the US or possessions.


 New pages:

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

Voices from the Dome


Week in the US competition

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

New free programs and multimedia:

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 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.


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

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See IPS Free Media pages

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.
See also

NASA Mars media:

Corporate Members:

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Evans & Sutherland logo Fulldome Film Society Logo Fulldome Pro logo
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For questions about the IPS Website, contact: Alan Gould




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11/4/2016 » 11/5/2016
Fulldome UK

International Science Center & Science Museum Day

Deadline for 2016 Stratoscript Compendium Ring

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

Deadline for "Pages of Stars"

President's Message
From Joanne Young


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