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October 2019 IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 6 — October 2019


Breaking News: Abstract deadline extended

Given the requirement for full sessions to be submitted at IPS 2020, the deadline has been extended to 1 November 2019.

For clarification: a session is a one-hour time slot in the program which discusses themes related to Education, Portable Planetariums, Creative Uses of the Dome, Technology, Live Shows (Storytelling, Engagement, and Training), Public Relations, etc., and whose format can be a papers, a discussion panel, a workshop, a scientific lecture, or something new.

At IPS 2020, full one-hour sessions for papers must be submitted with 3 or 4 speakers. Only one submission form containing the names of all participants should be submitted.

Individual abstracts will only be accepted if none of the categories fits your abstract and you are unable to find other presenters with a similar topic. In this case, please submit your proposal. The program selection committee will endeavor to match you with fellow presenters when suitable.

In order to help you find co-presenters for your session, please sign-up to the IPS 2020 Big Sky forum immediately at

Should you have any questions about the submission process, please email Mirabelle Prémont-Schwarz at

A First: Fulldome Dome Under
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The Melbourne Planetarium has announced the Dome Under Festival, the first-ever Fulldome Film Festival in Australia.

The festival will take place February 8-9 2020 at the Melbourne Planetarium. The two-day film festival will be a celebration of the fulldome film format and it will promote the medium to a wider audience. The festival is independent and open to contributions from all around the world.

For more details see the Dome Under Festival website 

Bring a hurricane into your dome


Batten down your hatches: Marc Horat, planetarium director, Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne, Switzerland, will be the next guest presenter for the Planetarians’ Web Seminar Series, set for 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time on 25 October. (15:30 UT).

His topic is “Showing Recent Satellite Imagery in Your Dome.”

Recently, Marc gathered data and imagery from the archives of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a show with live presentation. This expanded the usual space-related topics to include a focus on Earth-centered areas like weather patterns, hurricanes, sea ice, and climate change. Feedback from the audience has been overwhelmingly positive as they simply didn't expect a planetarium to be able to show such data, movies, and images that were only available days or even minutes ago.

Marc will share his knowledge, workflows, and experiences for finding the data, processing it and presenting it in a planetarium.

Note: the presentation time much earlier from our normal time owing to the fact that the guest presenter is located in Switzerland. For planetarians who live in time zones that makes attendance difficult, we remind you that the session will be recorded and shared through several sources. Go to the IPS Professional Development page at

Quick reference:

  • 9:30 a.m. MDT
  • 10:30 a.m. CDT
  • 11:30 a.m. EDT
  • 4:30 p.m. London
  • 5:30 p.m. Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland

For connection information, see

Take advantage of our knowledge!

Pick our brains, please! The IPS Education Committee is offering a new resource for planetarians and teachers needing help or suggestions on how to teach present a topic in the dome. It is called “Teaching in the Dome.”

The idea is similar to “ask an astronomer,” but in this case you can “ask a planetarian” for tips on how to best teach topics like daily motion to preschoolers and middle grades; the best instructional sequence to present moon phases; and whatever else you would like assistance with or suggestions for.

Make requests via the form: "Request Help for Teaching in the Dome.” Direct link: You also can reach it through the Educational Resources page at

Call for Wisdome
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Expand your fulldome horizons: The best of fulldome creativity, storytelling, visuals, and music will be in the focus of Wisdome, a co-located event occurring in conjunction with the joint conferences Eurographics and EuroVis in Norrköping, Sweden in 2020.

The goal of the Wisdome contest is to be a festival of scientific and/or data-inspired dome movies for a public audience. All accepted submissions will be presented in the dome theater of the Visualization Center C in Norrköping on May 25, 2020.

The contest encourages submissions from a wide array of backgrounds that not only cover diverse academic fields, but also solicit the participation of interested non-academic institutions. Submissions should be targeted at the general public and aim to educate about a specific scientific discovery, a general scientific concept, or the scientific method in general.

For complete details, see

Week in Italy winner
Andy Kreyche

We congratulate Andy Kreyche, this year’s winner of the Week in Italy competition. Andy will travel to Italy in April 2020 for a 10-day experience that includes teaching in area schools, making public presentations, and seeing astronomically-significant sites.

A retired planetarium educator from Hartnell College, Salinas, California, Andy is the owner and educator of Dome on the Go based in Santa Cruz, California. We know he will have a wonderful trip and experience with the Italian students, teachers and public! 

Go to for more information about this professional development exchange.


Important Dates

  • NEW: IPS 2020 Big Sky Conference deadline extended to 1 November. 

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