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quote from Johannes Kepler: The ways by which men arrive at knowledge of the celestial things are hardly less wonderful than the nature of these things themselves

Benefits of Membership include access to the IPS Career Center (job listings).
It appears in the left navigation menu along with other Members-Only features upon sign in.

For latest IPS news as well as an archive of prior news items, click on the star next to "LATEST NEWS" (right column). For the full IPS calendar, click on the star next to "CALENDAR" (right column).

Let's fill the internet with the sky!

only one sky logoIPS is helping onlyOnesky by urging participation in a citizen science/art initiative that calls for Tweeting photos of the sky with both hashtags #SkyDayProject #IPSSkyDay between September 18 and September 22 (Sky Day-on the date of the Fall Equinox). 

The sky photos will become part of the international Sky Day Project citizen artwork viewable from September 22 forward on the website It also will be exhibited at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago from September 22-25.

Learn more at the onlyOnesky website.

Counting down to Toulouse

IPS 2018

See conference website -

Note: New early deadline for abstract submissions! 


The September 2017 Planetarian is now available in the Members Only section. Mail copies were delayed and should be arriving soon.

Reach out to the galaxy!

Planetarians and their audiences have the opportunity to help One Earth Message, one of IPS's partners, to fund the ultimate "message in a bottle" on board the New Horizons Spacecraft.

OEM is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the Digital Voyager Record 2.0. The campaign ends at the end of September.

One Earth Message article

You can learn more in this excerpt from the September Planetarian. Click on the image for the pdf document.


Latest free multimedia:

Athabasca aurora movie from 2015 Jan 7 Athabasca University "AURORACAM" movies of unusually spectacular aurora display in Canada. Login with "guest" and "augso". Use right-click or control-click to download. 27 March 2017 (350 Mb).

February 2017 - Images/movies of TRAPPIST-w system from ESO (press release on the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, "Ultracool Dwarf and the Seven Planets" See also Spitzer page

January 2017 - Eclipse Animations geometry of solar and lunar eclipses - previews from Rice University (by Don Davis, with NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support. To get non-watermarked versions, sign up for the update email list, then email Pat Reiff .

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See more in the IPS Free Media pages

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Latest News

6/1/2017 » 9/27/2017
IPS 2018 Abstracts due: 27 September 2017

Astronomy Day

10/4/2017 » 10/10/2017
World Space Week

10/5/2017 » 10/9/2017
XVI Baikal International Festival of Documentary and Popular-Science Films

10/7/2017 » 10/9/2017
IPS Council Meeting

President's Message
From Shawn Laatsch
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International Planetarium Society, Inc.
c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer     
Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street     
Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA