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The Pacific Planetarium Association is a non-profit organization with members mostly from planetariums in the western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington.

Watch & hear recordings of Planetarians' Web Seminars.

Upcoming PPA events:

  • 2019 June 28, Planetarians Zoominar: Use Music in Your Planetarium...Legally. Presenter: Chris Reed, a Los Angeles-based lawyer specializing in intellectual property, First Amendment, antitrust, and commercial litigation in the media and entertainment industry. He writes and speaks frequently on legal issues, including the "General Counsel" column for IPS's "Planetarian" journal from 2005-2009. His new book "The Unrealized Promise of the Next Great Copyright Act" will be released in October 2019 from Edward Elgar Publishing. 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. Get some expert knowledge and have some of your questions answered in the web seminar. Time: 3:30 pm PDT, 4:30 pm MDT, 5:30 pm CDT, 6:30 EDT, 22:30 UT. 

  • 2019 July 31- Aug 3: Western Alliance Conference (WAC) in Omaha, NE. The Conference website is live and accepting reservations as well as papers. - https://www.rollingbluffsplanetarium.com/western-alliance-conference-2019.

Planetarians' Web Seminars 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, 22:30 UT when daylight savings and 23:30 UT when standard time.

You can find the web sites of other planetarium regionals on
the Affiliates page of the International Planetarium Society website

For questions about this site email Alan Gould <adgould@comcast.net>