Drake Planetarium and Science Center

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Drake Planetarium & Science Center
Established 1987
Location Cincinnati, OH
Coordinates 39°09′37″N 84°27′24″W / 39.1602°N 84.4568°W / 39.1602; -84.4568
Type Planetarium
Visitors 40,000 annually
Owner Tri-State Education & Technology Foundation
Website drakeplanetarium.org

Drake Planetarium & Science Center is a planetarium and a science center in Cincinnati, Ohio and is named after Dr. Frank Drake in honor of his research on extra-terrestrial life. It provides a wide range of science programs to children throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The planetarium's seating capacity is 70 visitors per show and programs are available for audiences ranging from preschool age to senior citizens.

General Information[edit]

Drake Planetarium & Science Center has been operated by Tri-State Education & Technology Foundation since 1982. This foundation is a nonprofit educational organization with the mission to provide STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences for the youth of Greater Cincinnati.[1]

The Drake Planetarium is located on the top floor of Cincinnati's Norwood Middle School, with Drake Science Center located on the first floor of Norwood Middle School.[2]

The Drake Planetarium Theater[edit]

As per the Drake Planetarium's website, the planetarium includes a 35-foot domed theater, featuring an analog Spitz system custom built in Germany, a high-definition full-dome projection system and high efficiency LED flood lighting. For two months of the year the Drake Planetarium also houses a laser projection system used for special programming.[3]


  1. ^ "The Drake Mission". Drake Planetarium. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Drake Planetarium". Drake Planetarium. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Inside Drake Planetarium". Drake Planetarium. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°09′37″N 84°27′25″W / 39.16025°N 84.45685°W / 39.16025; -84.45685