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This is a blog for planetariums and dome theaters, written by planetarians and dome experts from all over our planet.

All posts, opinions and comments are personal and belong to its respective author.

School Show Success

Dan Tell, Senior Planetarium Systems Support Engineer at Morrison Planetarium

Change can be scary. I think it can be especially scary to planetarians, in our small, insular industry, with a lot of traditions and loud voices. This isn’t to say there isn’t a lot of amazing experimentation and innovation, but, when we found […]

Domecasting: The Kavli Lectures

Mark SubbaRao, Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium

In the fourth Kavli domecast lecture Lisa Kaltenegger, the Director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University addressed the question, “Are we alone in the Universe?”. This lecture was the largest yet, and included groups watching on Google Cardboard headsets […]

Thank you for the doom

Sally Brummel, Planetarium Program Manager at Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

One of my favorite parts of teaching in the planetarium is getting thank you cards. I keep a collection of favorites pinned up on my wall, just a few of the uncountable amount sent from students after 10 years […]

The Immersive Classroom

Derek Demeter, Director at Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, Seminole State College of Florida

For generations the planetarium has been the go to place for stargazers of any age to observe the vast tapestry of thousands of stars that could otherwise only be seen in the most remote areas far from city lights. […]

Navigating the Projector Jungle

Johan Sköld, CEO at Sciss

One of Sciss’s challenges for this year has been to take a good look at the projector market in order to pick out the very best and high-quality standard projectors for our display configurations. Our engineers have been doing in-house tests at our Stockholm office for some time, […]

The Data Savvy Planetarium

Mark SubbaRao, Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium

The modern digital planetarium is a powerful data visualization facility. The visualization software Uniview lets you smoothly explore a tremendous array of datasets spanning an incredible range of physical scales, from high resolution maps of Mars to our deepest galaxy surveys. […]

Expanding your universe: How to grow an audience for your planetarium

Mike Murray, Astronomer and Planetarium Manager at Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, Michigan

Fulldome theaters vary widely in goals and level of activity depending on where they are located, the nature of their communities, and the resources available to them. Everyone wants to build a bigger audience but before you start thinking […]

Did I mention I like maps?

Dan Tell, Senior Planetarium Systems Support Engineer at Morrison Planetarium

For as long as I can remember I’ve liked maps. I’ve really, really liked maps. Somewhere along the way it certainly involves spending way too much time looking at the back pages of Dune and the Lord of the Rings, and led to […]

Neuroscience in the dome: Is that what the brain really looks like?

Dr. Jonathan Fisher, Assistant Professor at NY Medical College & Founder of Neurodome

Fig. 1: An audience at the iX Symposium in Montreal experiencing multiple brain datasets superimposed using the Neurotours bundle.

Is that what the brain really looks like?

After dome audiences experience flying through caverns of the cranium, surveying the ridges […]

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