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

Our mission is to facilitate communication and cooperation among members of the planetarium community to help them provide the very best services to their respective communities in science literacy, arts & humanities awareness, and understanding of our universe.

Upcoming PPA events:

  • 2023 June 20–24 - Stars For All 2023! U.S. National Conference.

  • 2023 Planetarians' Zoom Seminars (PZSs) are usually on the last Friday of the month. They are recorded and archived on the Seminar Archive page. For connection URL, see the Seminar Connection page. See Seminar Schedule page for full descriptions.

    • February 24 - 2pm PST Planetarium Marketing Tips and Tactics. (Workshop). Karrie Berglund, Director of Education for and co-founder of Digitalis Education Solutions.

    • March 31 - 2pm PDT - 23 Years of K-8 Under the Dome. Jeremy Amarant, Palmdale School District SAGE Planetarium.

    • April 28 - 2pm PDT - Fundamentals of Visual Storytelling. Michael McConville, IPS President, Dome Dialogues founder, Director of Customer Outreach for E&S and Spitz.

    • May 26 - 11am PDT - [tentative] Show & Tell: Graphics Editing Apps.

    • June 30 - Highlights of Stars For All 2023 Conference [June 20-24]

    • July 28 - 11am PDT Two North American Solar Eclipses in Two Consecutive Years! Jim Todd, Director of Space Science Education at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI); president of the Rose City Astronomers Club.

Goto Mercury Planetarium projector with M81, M82 in background
Planetarium Planetarium projector with M81, M82 in background


Support the PPA!

You may support PPA projects, including the Mini Grant program, by contributing with credit card, debit card, or Paypal using this Donate button:

Alternatively, send a check made out to Pacific Planetarium Association to Alan Gould, PPA Treasurer, 1256 Spruce St, Berkeley CA 94709 .

To become a PPA member, see the PPA Membership page.

M13 image by Rich Lohman
M13 image by Rich Lohman

The Pacific Planetarium Association would like to acknowledge the life and legacy of Dale Etheridge, founding member of the PPA, who has passed on, but remains with us in memory.

PPA is an affiliate of the International Planetarium Society. Recordings of recent IPS virtual conferences are on the IPS youtube channel.

PPA is also one of the associations in the Western Alliance of Planetarium Associations (also known as Western Alliance Conferences or WAC).

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