This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
May 2020 b IPS Communicator
Communicator logo
IPS Newsletter — Issue 14 — MAY 2020 b


IPS COVID-19 Mini-Grant Award Winners
Image Credit: M55: Globular Star Cluster, B.J. Mochejska, J. Kaluzny (CAMK), 1m Swope Telescope.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time and effort to submit an application to the IPS's COVID-19 mini-grant call. We received 45 proposals from all around the world which were reviewed by members of IPS's COVID-19 Task Force. Due to the number and quality of these proposals, the IPS decided to allocate additional funds so that we could award 14 mini-grants. This is four more than the 10 we had originally announced.

The 14 awarded grants come from 14 different countries and all of the IPS's continental zones. The winners are:

  • Planetario Digital Carl Sagan, Argentina
  • Cosmic Dome, Lebanon
  • Planetario Aventura, Costa Rica
  • Ghana Planetarium, Ghana
  • Travelling Telescope, Kenya
  • NOVA, Namibia
  • Sirius Astronomy Association, Algeria
  • Asha Kiran Planetarium, India
  • Sutherland Planetarium, South Africa
  • Mochileros Astronómicos, Brazil
  • Fulldome Mexico, Mexico
  • Otago Museum, New Zealand
  • North Museum of Nature and Science, United States
  • Irkutsk Planetarium, Russia

Graphic: Map of IPS COVID-19 Mini-Grant Award Winners

Dome Dialogues Workshops and New Website
Image: Dome Dialogues graphic

The Dome Dialogues e-Conferences continue with a wide variety of relevant topics which are recorded for later viewing, among them:

Note that you do not need to be a member of Facebook to participate in these webinars. Check out the new Dome Dialogues website for upcoming programming.

Celebrate 2020 Graduations in Space
Image: mosaic of Earth made with pictures of graduating students

Here is a way for each planetarium to bring exciting news to the schools that visit planetariums across the world. People will not be able to attend the Commercial Crew launch on May 27, but SpaceX and NASA have come up with this idea to endear space missions to all students (graduates from kindergarten through college), their parents and grandparents, by taking their graduation pictures to the International Space Station! We also have the opportunity to ride this wave.

Must act fast though: the deadline is May 20.

To upload your graduation photos go here.

Planetarians' Webinar
NASA Working For You: the Museum Alliance
Image Credit: Messier 51 (The Whirlpool Galaxy), NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

Jeffrey Nee will give a presentation and lead discussion. Want your own dedicated help line for all things NASA, space exploration, and STEAM education? The NASA Museum Alliance supports museums and planetariums around the world with professional development, custom resources, and personalized assistance with planetarium shows as well as interactive dome curriculum. Come ask how NASA can help you better engage audiences in your dome, and see how our tools can save your team time, money, and headaches. Jeffrey Nee is an Informal Education Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Connection to this seminar is through NASA. If you are a member of the NASA Museum Alliance, the connection URL is here. The archive recording will be posted there as well. If you want to attend and are not in the Museum Alliance, you can sign up for an account here.

Important Dates

Refund requests for IPS Conference Registrations need to be submitted by Friday, May 29, 2020. if you are able, please consider making a portion or all of your registration fee or sponsorship a donation. Your donation will help the science centre in this difficult time.

about ips | find a planetarium | officers | privacy policy

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