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Associazione dei Planetari Italiani (PlanIt)
c/o Centro Studi e Ricerche Serafino Zani
National Archive of Planetaria
Via Bosca 24
25066 Lumezzane (Brescia)
+ 39 30 872164
+ 39 30 872545 fax

The last XXXI national PlanIt conference (April 2016, Bari) has been held on Fiera del Levante Planetarium. Next year the national conference will be held, probably, in the Planetarium Südtirol/Alto Adige, near Bolzano, that hosted in 2013 the IPS Council meeting. Our conferences are open to everyone.

The yearly “Prize PlanIt" (IV issue) has been appointed to Lionel Ruiz (France) for the video “Travel to Mars” (dubbed in Italian). This is the second time that the prize has been appointed to a candidate from a foreign country. Each year the duplicate of the winner product has been diffused to PlanIt members, therefore at the moment our members received 4 different videos.
Planit invites IPS Affiliates to organize in their countries similar prizes and to share the winner products.
The deadline of the next prize will be on 28 February 2017.

The 2016 winner of “Two weeks in Italy” prize, organized by IPS Portable Planetarium Committee in collaboration with the astronomical organizations of Brescia and Lumezzane (Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory), “StarLight…a handy planetarium” association (Perugia) and the Astronomical Center of Farra d’Isonzo (Gorizia), is Stephen Case (Strickler Planetarium, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois, USA).

PlanIt invites IPS Affiliates to organize similar initiatives.

Here is the list of all 18 winners:
Susan Reynolds Button (OCM BOCES Planetarium, Syracuse, New York);
Jeanne E. Bishop (Westlake School Planetarium, Ohio);
Jerry Vinski (Planetarium of the Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey);
Dee Wanger (Discovery Center Science Museum, Fort Collins, Colorado);
April Whitt (Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia);
Raymond Shubinski (East Kentucky Center for Science, mathematics & Technology);
Andrea Lee Pisacano (Kauai Children's Discovery Museum, Hawaii);
Dayle Brown (Pegasus Production, Indiana, USA);
John T. Meader (Northern Stars Planetarium, Fairfield, Maine);
Corey Radman (Discovery Center Science Museum, Fort Collins, Colorado),
Carolyn R. Kaichi (Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii);
Michele Wistisen (Casper Planetarium, Casper, Wyoming);
Joseph E. Ciotti (Hokulani Imaginarium, Kaneohe, Hawaii);
Stephen R. McNeil (Brigham Young University, Idaho Planetarium, Rexburg, Idaho);
Patricia Toth Seaton (Howard B. Owens Science Center, Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland);
Dave Weinrich (Planetarium, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota);
ShiAnne Kattner Casper Planetarium (Wyoming);
Stephen Case (Strickler Planetarium, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois).

PlanItalia is a national project promoted by PlanIt that involves many planetariums around a Solar System in scale calculated for the Italian country. The planetary orbits are drawn on the Italian map and include different astronomical sites – planetariums, observatories, universities – from Padua (the Sun) to Catania (Neptune). The project is coordinated by Simonetta Ercoli, as “StarLight…a handy planetarium” association ( Each year PlanItalia members are involved by PlanIt in the organizations of public special events that happen the same day in different cities. During the year 2016 the annual program include the observation of the transit of Mercury and a national observation of Saturn (last week end of June).

“Pages of Stars” is a competition, organized by IPS Portable Planetarium Committee in collaboration with Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory, that was designed to build a collection of short audio clips that can easily be shared among planetarians. Last March, on the occasion of the International Day of Planetaria, the winner received a plate certificate. 2016 winner is Matthias Rode (fulldomedia gmbh, Bad Sooden-Allendorf, Germany) for the script “100 Sextillions of Stars”. The number of stars in the universe is about as large as the number of grains of sand in the Sahara desert…
Audio and texts are available on the web page of IPS Portable Planetarium Committee,

The Italian planetarian Dario Tiveron (Padova) continues to increase and to update the Fulldome Database ( FDDB's main goal is to create an exciting and friendly community that could stimulate the fulldome creativity among professionals, students, artists and other fulldome enthusiasts. FDDB's aim is to spread around a fulldome culture while focusing on contents.

15 September 2016. Deadline for the applicants of "Two Weeks in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator", in collaboration with IPS Portable Planetarium Committee.
Contact: and

29 October 2016. National Day about light pollution (in Italy since 1993), devoted also to “Star Parks”.

31 December 2016. Deadline of the prize “Page of stars” organized by IPS Portable Planetarium Committee in collaboration with Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory. The prize rules are available at the IPS Mobile Planetarium Committee web page. Contact: Susan Reynolds Button,

28 February 2017. Deadline of PlanIt Prize for an original fulldome video production, organized each year by the Italian Association of Planetaria (PlanIt). The prize is open to everyone. First prize is 500 euro. Contact:

12 March 2017. International Day of Planetaria. Contact:

April 2017. Italian Association of Planetaria (PlanIt), XXXII National Conference.

How many portable planetariums are in your region? 27
In what activities are they involved? Mainly lessons for schools.
Contact person: Walter Riva,

COMMENTS: we suggest to promote initiatives organized by Affiliates that can be of international interest (prizes, initiatives similar to “Two weeks in Italy” but in different countries, collaborations and so on). It is enough only one initiative for each Affiliates to collect 22 new initiatives!

SUBMITTED by Loris Ramponi, May 21, 2016

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