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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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President-Elect Mark SubbaRao is looking for feedback about the possibility of partnering with the International Space Station in the sharing of photography from space. Read more about the Windows on Earth project, and let us know what you want!

IPS Position Statement on International Collaboration and Science Communication

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the global association of planetarium professionals. We seek to enhance the world’s appreciation and understanding of our Universe through the innovation and cooperation among planetariums. The IPS’s members come from all over the world, including countries affected by the United States January 27th, 2017 executive order on visas and immigration. Please see the full position statement.

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Get ready for the International Day of Planetaria on March 12 - and check out changes planned for 2018!



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.

photo of 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.

Call for 2018 IPS
     Awards and Fellows Nominations

IPS changed its by-laws Jan 7, 2017.
     See the Bylaws page for details.


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Next Conference
IPS 2018: Toulouse, France, July 1–6
See preliminary information from Planetarian

Bids for the IPS 2020 Conference

Planetario de Bogota

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

See the Dec 2016 Planetarian for bid information; tell your affiliate representative which site you prefer.

See the final version of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan


New free programs and multimedia:

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Eclipse Animations

Rice University with NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support commissioned Don Davis to create fulldome animations of the geometry of solar and lunar eclipses. Previews at: To get higher resolution, non-watermarked versions, first sign up for the email list at to learn of updates and then email Pat Reiff with the size you need for your theater. January 2017.

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...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.

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See more in the IPS Free Media pages

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IPS/NAOJ Data to Dome Workshop

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International Day of Planetaria

President's Message
From Shawn Laatsch

See Joanne Young's last President's Message.

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