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September 2020 IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 19 — SEPTEMBER 2020

Webinar History of Planetaria: What to Preserve, and How? Available on YouTube
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On Sept. 3 the IPS History of the Planetarium Working Group hosted its first webinar, which counted on several short presentations and a lively discussion addressing varied aspects of the history of planetaria and the preservation of its material legacy. A recording of the webinar is now available on the IPS youtube channel.

Upcoming NISE Free Workshops
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The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) invites you to join free one-hour online professional development workshops.

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020, 2pm Eastern: Lessons learned from a summer of physically distanced Earth and space public engagement

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020, 2pm Eastern: Museum school outreach and fields trips in the time of COVID uncertainty

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020, 2pm Eastern: The Science Behind the 2020 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit B – Virtual Tour of a NASA MoonLab

For more workshops and to sign up for the NISE Newsletter see the events page.

IPS Elections
Image Credit: M55: Globular Star Cluster, B.J. Mochejska, J. Kaluzny (CAMK), 1m Swope Telescope

IPS holds elections for officers every two years and board members every 2 or 3 years. Nominations have now closed for the positions of President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer for 2021-22. Nominations have been accepted for the three positions.

Voting will begin on October 1. Although two of the positions have members who are running unopposed, we ask all IPS members to go through the voting process for all three positions. As in the past several years, this will be done electronically.

More information can be found here.

IAUS 367 Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy
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The IAU Symposium 367 on Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy will be held online from 8-12 December 2020. The primary goal of this Symposium is to give a global vision of Education and Heritage in the framework of the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 and to propose an eventual next steps road map and a global astronomy education agenda for the next decade while honouring the education from the past. Registration is free, and the abstract deadline is September 20, 2020.

Abstract submissions are now due September 20th. Learn more here.

Worldwide Premiere - Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries
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Will you be taking part in the premiere of Big Astronomy? There are multiple ways you can be involved. If your planetarium is open, you can request the film to show. The worldwide premiere is September 26, 2020. If your planetarium is physically closed, you can stream the film in 360° to your social media channels.

The film will be streamed four times on September 26 to the Big Astronomy YouTube channel, and shared to the Big Astronomy Facebook page. You are welcome to share one of the streams, or create your own stream in a time more convenient for your institution.

For more information and for the streaming and downloading links check out this page.

Planetarian Network: Tell Us About You!
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We’re happy to report that membership has topped 300 - but more than numbers, we need your participation! This new network is meant to stimulate conversation and sharing, and one of the best ways to accomplish that is by telling us your story. Where do you work? What is your background, your interests, your needs?

Please go to the network right now

and sign in. Click on the bubble in the upper right corner of the task bar (it will say View your stuff when you hover over it). Click on View Your Profile then look to the top for the Edit button. From there you can set a background, a profile picture, and then tell us a little about yourself including where you are. You can insert personal links for Facebook, LinkedIn, websites, etc. You can add more detail below that in your Introduction - please do so; this is what helps others with the same interests connect with you!

There is still much potential to be realized in the Planetarian Network. You can create new topics, post events, ask questions, upload resources, put up surveys, and more. Have questions? Contact Mike Murray, IPS Membership Chair, at

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