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This electronic repository contains selected articles that have appeared in the Planetarian through the years. It will be expanded periodically.

Articles may be read for enjoyment and linked to, but they may not be reprinted for distribution without permission of the Executive Editor. Articles may be downloaded and printed for private use.

Please note: because of the nature of archives and the age of many of these articles, many email addresses and contact information listings are out of date and will not be updated. This includes the "mail to" address for Sharon Shanks, the Executive Editor. The above address is correct.

Aniara: On a Space Epic and its Author, Aadu Ott and Lars Broman, June 1998
An Introduction to Music Licensing for Planetarians, Christopher Reed, Dec 2005
Answers to Creationism, James Rusk, September 1988
Armand Spitz -- Seller of Stars, Brent P. Abbatantuono, March 1995
Astronomy at the Top of the World: Educators experience why Chile is vital to Astronomy. September 2015. Pete Detterline, Renae Kerrigan, Sarah Komperud, Jim O'Leary, Mike Prokosch, Shannon Schmoll
Astronomy Education: A Global Perspective, John Percy, September 1995

The Best Planetarium in the Whole World, Jane Hastings (Jane's Corner) March 2000.
Beyond The Fair Use Fallacy: A Copyright Primer for Planetarians, Christopher S. Reed, Dec 2004
Bimillenary of Christ's Birth: The Astronomical Evidence
, William Bidelman, September 1991

Confessions of a Space Popularizer, Jim Loudon, April 1987
Contract Law & Performance License, Christopher Reed, March 2006
Captioning Planetarium Programs for Hearing Impaired, Bridget Shea, September 1993
Common Errors in 'Star of Bethlehem' Planetarium Shows, John Mosley, 1981

The Debate Over Intelligent Design, Christopher Reed, June 2006
Dinsmore Alter and the Griffith Observatory, David Menke, 1987

Elvish Star Lore (Tolkien), Jim Manning, 2003

Folklore of the "Blue Moon, Philip Hiscock, December 1993
Full-Dome Video Systems, Report of the IPS Technical Committee, Kevin Scott, March 1999

General George Patton on Planetarium Management, John Mosley, October 1987
Grade Appropriate Concepts, Gary Tomlinson, March 1997

How Astronomical Objects Are Named, Jeanne E. Bishop, September 2004
How Tycho Brahe Really Died, Aase R. Jacobsen and Lars Petersen, December 2001

International Symposium on Astronomical Exchange Between China and Other Countries, Dale W. Smith, Sept. 1998
IPS Publications Archive Now Digitized, Dale Smith, March 2007.

Keeping Control in the Planetarium Theater, Roger Keen, September 1992

Lessons from a Total Eclipse, Ken Miller, September 1992
A Living Sundial [PDF, 1.2Mb], Jon U. Bell, Vol 18, No. 3, September 1989

Mini-Planetarium for Griffith Observatory, John Mosley, June 2003
Monty Python, Barnum and Bailey, Super Deluxe Planetarium of the Future, James Manning, December 1998
Myth of Galileo, John Appledoorn, December 1990

New Thoughts on Understanding the Moon Illusion, Carl Wenning, 1985

Phillip Fox and the Adler Planetarium, David Menke, January 1987
Planetariums in Japan -- An Overview, Yoshiro Yamada, December 1991
Planetarium Promotion 101, Chris Reed, September 1998

Real Constellations of the Zodiac, Lee T. Shapiro, Spring 1977
Real, Real Constellations of the Zodiac, John Mosley, December 1999
Religion and the Planetarium [Forum], Richard Shores, September 1993
Role of Planetariums in Astronomy Education, Jim Manning, December 1995
Role of Telescope in Planetariums, James Mullaney, September 1993

Science and Religion in the Planetarium, William J. Fischer, September 2002
Share the Hunt for Other Earths, A. Gould, T. Komatsu, E. DeVore, P. Harman, D. Koch, March 2009
Some Thoughts From an Artist on Fulldome Theaters, Don Davis, September 2005
Special Focus 1 -- first series of articles on all-dome systems, September 2005
Special Focus 2 -- another series of articles on all-dome systems, December 2005
Spherical Mirror: A New Approach to Hemispherical Dome Projection, Paul Bourke, Dec 2005
Star Games: A Participatory Astronomy Exhibit, Alan J. Friedman, Laurie P. Eason, Cary I. Sneider, Autumn 1979
The Star of Bethlehem Reconsidered: A Refutation of the Mosley/Martin Historical Approach, Douglas Johnson, March 1981 (410 kb pdf)

The Third Stage of Planetarium Evolution, Max L Ary, Spring/Summer 1974
Transit of Venus 2012: Two articles
  (1)Going All Out for Venus (by Chuck Bueter) and
  (2) Using transits to discover other worlds: NASA’s Kepler Mission (by Edna DeVore, March 2012
Two Thousand Year Dream -- the history of the planetarium, Mark Chartrand, September 1973

The Universe Below: Creating Underwater Allskies, Tom Kwasnitschka and Wilhelm Ermgassen, March 2004
Use of Wide-angle Slide Projection Lenses in the Planetarium, Frank Andrews, Richard Hall and Wayne Orchiston, March 1998

Viking Sun Compass, Franck Pettersen, March 1993

When Was Mars Last this Close? Jean Meeus, looks at Mars in 2003 and other close approaches to Earth, March 2003
Who Are the Creationists, David Chandler, June 1989
Who in the Hell Needs a Planetarium? George Reed, March 1994

Yet Another Eclipse for Herod, John Pratt, December 1990

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