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Zoom Seminar Archive

Image of M16, by G. Reagan HOU TRA,
Tzec Maun Observatory, 2009.

M16 image by Glenn Reagan

Planetarians' Zoominars are usually on the last Friday of the month at 3:30 pm Pacific time, 4:30 pm Mountain, 5:30 pm Central, 6:30 Eastern. For instructions on how to join in the seminar, see the Zoom Seminar Connection page.

All recordings of Planetarians' Zoom Seminars (PZSs) are uploaded to the PPA Youtube channel. Upcoming Zoom Seminars are listed on the PPA home page.

Seminar Recordings:


  • 2019 October 25. Showing recent satellite imagery in your dome. Presenter: Marc Horat, Planetarium director, Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne, Switzerland. How to get and use data and imagery from NOAA for a show with live presentation, expanding usual topics to include a focus on Earth (weather patterns, hurricanes, sea ice, climate change). Audiences are pleasantly surprised, not expecting a planetarium to be able to show such imagery/data that were available only days or even minutes ago. Learn about workflows and experiences for finding the data, processing it and presenting it in a planetarium. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2019 August 30. Planetarium Educators Workshop 3Organizational Patterns, examining and brainstorming the many different ways in which you can organize planetarium experiences for your audiences. Module 3 of Planetarium Educator's Workshops. Workshop video.
  • 2019 June 28, Planetarians' Zoominar: Use Music in Your Planetarium...Legally. Presenter: Chris Reed. Many planetarians ignore the copyright issues surrounding the use of commercially available music in the planetarium, while others, fearing the unknown, simply avoid using music in their productions. Still others believe, erroneously, that so long as a facility is covered by licenses from the likes of ASCAP or BMI, they are free to use music in their shows. Expert knowledge and questions answered in this zoominar. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2019 May 31, Planetarian's Web Seminar: Planetarium Educator’s Workshop - Part 2 (of 9): A Framework for Examining Planetarium Programs. Facilitator: Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Based on Planetarium Educator's Workshop Guide, this part involves a lively discussion about the kinds of programs participants would like to present, taking into account three key factors: the audience, the topic, and the presenter. Workshop video. Chat.
  • 2019 April 26, Planetarium Educator’s Workshop - Part 1 (of 9): Communication. Facilitator: Alan GouldLawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Based on Planetarium Educator's Workshop Guide ( this part is about the significance and value of audience interaction with planetarium presenters. This was the first time such a workshop has been attempted online in videoconference mode with significant use of the chat function. Workshop video (1:05:00)
  • 2019 March 29, Getting Started with Educational Research in the Planetarium. Dr. Julia D. Plummer, Associate Professor of Science Education at Penn State, engaged in research on the design of learning environments that support children's spatial thinking and science practices in the domain of astronomy. Presentation and discussion on designing and implementing educational research in the planetarium including the importance of using research literature, the relationship between research questions and the specifics of your research methods (data collection, how many participants to include, whether to include a control group), and the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods (e.g comparing multiple-choice questions to open-ended response methods). Seminar.  Q&A
  • 2019 Feb 22, Bridging Citizen Science and working-class neighborhoods.  Rosalía Lugo, M.Ed; Program Manager Adler Planetarium. ...empowering people of all ages to participate and make an impact on real science research. PresentationQ&A.
  • 2019 Jan 25. Active Learning in a planetarium - for 100 students at a time!  Dr. Douglas Duncan, Director, Fiske Planetarium 2002-2018, Dept. of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado. Presentation. Q&A


  • 2018 Nov 30. Volcanism in the Inner Solar System. Justin Filiberto, Staff Scientist, Lunar & Planetary Institute. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 Oct 26. New Views of Lunar Volcanism from Orbit. Dr. Julie D. Stopar, Staff Scientist, Lunar & Planetary Institute. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 Aug 31.  Public Relations & The Planetarium. Michael McConville, Spitz, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 July 27. Creating a New Live Planetarium Show on Polar Science. Dave Cuomo, Pacific Science Center, Seattle. Presentation. Q&A
  • 2018 May 25. Developing and Implementing NGSS-aligned, Live, Interactive School Shows. Mary Holt, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 Apr 27. The IPS Data to Dome Initiative. Mark Subbarao, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 Mar 30. What Is Viz?  Ryan Wyatt, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Presentation. Q&A.
  • 2018 Feb 23. Educational Research on Teaching Seasons in a Digital Planetarium.
    Ka Chun Yu, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. PresentationQ&A