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Access to the current issue of Planetarian is a member-only benefit. Please login to the site and use the link under Members Only in the left navigation menu.

Current Issue: June 2014


  • Revolve: Preparing for IPS 2016
  • Stars come alive for the vision impaired
  • Nehru Planetarium launches special show for hearing impaired
  • How Big Bird became fulldome superstar
  • Audio-visual project turns the view upside down
  • WPD, at 10 years old, continues to mature
  • The new Music of the Spheres
  • The effects of seductive details in an inflatable planetarium
  • Glen Moore retires after 44 years of bringing science to Wollongong
  • Dale Etheridge: A lifetime under the dome
  • John Quincy Adams’ role in American astronomy
  • The Great Comet of 1811 left its mark
  • Science Museum of Virginia team discusses how their new 8K system changed the way they use “The Dome”
  • Alan J. Friedman, IPS past president


Planetarian, the professional journal of the IPS, is published quarterly by the International Planetarium Society. Subscription is a membership benefit.

Print ISSN 0090-3213

Online ISSN applied for

Planetarian is indexed through EBSCO Host

Executive Editor

Sharon Shanks
Ward Beecher Planetarium
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555 USA
+1 (330) 941-3619 (office)
+1 (330) 941-3121 (fax)

Advertising Coordinator

Dr. Dale Smith
BGSU Planetarium, 104 Overman Hall
Physics &Astronomy Dept
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 USA
+1 (419) 372-8666
+1 (419) 372 9938 fax

Final Deadlines: Advertising and Text
March: January 21
June: April 21
September: July 21
December: October 21


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Membership Requests and Address Changes
Direct to:
Shawn Laatsch, IPS Treasurer
Transitioning to new address


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Advertising Guidelines and Rate Sheet

Cumulative Index

A long, but free, Planetarian index from Vol. 1-1 through Vol. 37-3 (September 2008)

Selected Articles Online

An electronic repository containing selected articles that have appeared in the Planetarian through the years.

Back Issues and Archives

Planetarian is available from Vol. 39 No. 1 (March 2010) through the current issue on issuu. Back issues older than 2010 are available in pdf format in the Planetarian Archives. Printed back issues also are available.
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