Planetarium hosts September events

JUNEAU — The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium are having a garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.


This fundraiser will be held at the Marie Drake Planetarium which is located at 1415 Glacier Avenue, between Harborview and the playing field.

This event benefits the planetarium’s fund for a new digital projector and the Alzheimer’s Association. There will be free astronomy activities for children and Alzheimer’s educational handouts.

Board president Cristina Della Rosa will be available to answer general Alzheimer’s questions.

The existing projector is more than 50 years old. The planetarium has been run by volunteers for more than 25 years.

Donations gratefully accepted at the planetarium on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Do not donate clothes.

People who donate will also get chance to buy things before everyone else, including several telescopes. Donations may also be made at the Sept. 6 show.

There will be two free September shows.

On Sept. 20, the show will be “A Place for Life Beyond Earth?” about our neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

The presentation starts at 7 p.m. and will be given by board members who teach astronomy at UAS (Steve Kocsis and Rosemary Walling).

‘The Stars Tonight’ will also be presented showing Juneau Night Sky on the analog projector.

Visit their website at to learn more and to sign up for email. Marie Drake Planetarium is also now on Facebook.


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