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Starry Night[edit]

(Section heading added by me. --Daggerstab (talk) 21:24, 26 February 2009 (UTC))

The planetarium software for Starry Night currently points to a page about a Van Gogh painting. Is there anywhere better that this link could be pointed? Izogi 08:42, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)

A casual search doesn't reveal any article other than the Van Gogh, so I've unlinked the bullet item until someone writes the article. That would be the cue for some bold editor... :-) (Don't forget to disambiguate!)
Atlant 13:26, 4 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Updated. sikander 05:57, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Notable planetaria[edit]

Folks - what do we think qualifies as a notable planetarium? We could do oldest in operation, largest etc. Otherwise this seems a bit subjective. There are over 1200 planetaria in the US alone so it would be good to have some criteria agreed ... Hugh Mason 09:24, 7 September 2005 (UTC)

In my opinion a notable planetarium would be one which focuses more on educating the masses in astronomy and related fields...something that posterity would surely remember 06:22, 20 April 2006 (UTC)nandan
I guess many planetaria would claim education as their primary aim, so maybe your suggestion of 'something that posterity would remeber' is the most specific way to allow us to define a useful list. Would it be fair to say require that if a planetarium is added to this list it should say why it's notable (eg, biggest dome in the world, first digital installation, whatever?). We could move all the other excellent planetaria currently on the page to a new 'list of planetaria worldwide' page perhaps? Infilms 08:22, 17 May 2006 (UTC)
As a member of the planetarium community, I can say that the definition changes over time within the field, and specific criteria would be difficult to pinpoint. Taking the top five oldest, largest, and best attended would get you much of the way there, but innovation in programming and even particular staffing can elevate the status of a planetarium within the community. N.B. that a fairly complete list of planetariums exists both on the International Planetarium Society webpage (sadly, in the members’ only area) and on Loch Ness Productions’ website (albeit with a slight bias). Ryan Wyatt 13:26, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Comments: The list of the world's planetariums is now open to the public (no longer just members). Also: the oldest, largest, whateverest also depends on the country. Sharon Shanks 4 June 2016 Slshanks42 (talk) 02:28, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Fulldome Video Page[edit]

Several folks active in the planetarium (and more generally, dome theater) biz have started a page about fulldome video, which is still very much in its nascent stages. The talk page is the most interesting bit at this point. Ryan Wyatt 13:51, 3 September 2006 (UTC)


(Section heading added by me. --Daggerstab (talk) 21:24, 26 February 2009 (UTC))

>> European Union:
>> "Kharkov planetarium" Planetarium, Ukraine

Ukraine ain't a part of EU! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Proposal to restructure this article[edit]

What a straggly article this has become - there is some good stuff in it, but it now seems unstructured. Anyone object to me moving the list of planetaria to a new page, and perhaps separating out some of the other sections to make it more readable? Infilms 17:54, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Virtual planetarium[edit]

Can Google Sky be considered as a virtual planetarium? (talk) 10:06, 30 December 2007 (UTC)div123

Improving the references[edit]

A possible source of references is the "Selected Articles" archive of the Planetarian, the journal of the International Planetarium Society, available at their website. --Daggerstab (talk) 21:27, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

The plural should be "Planetaria"[edit]

That's what they're called in the Industry —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:59, 5 July 2009 (UTC) The industry cannot dictate what it's called. It's not a specialized term. It's a common word. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:25, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

I disagree - the plural should be Planetariums. This can get to be contentious. In Planetarian, style is planetariums. The exception are the groups who use "planetaria" in their names. Slshanks42 (talk) 02:31, 5 June 2016 (UTC)


According to , changing the date will show another star configuration, however doesn't the location also change the configuration ? I'm wondering whether the software can be used for teaching the locations of navigations stars (for navigating at night). However, there are several navigation stars and depending on the location, only a few are visible. Also, I'm guessing that if you look for them and only see certain ones, you can already determine an approximate location (talk) 17:31, 8 September 2010 (UTC)

Google Sky ?[edit]

Can Google_Sky be mentioned as planetarium software ? (talk) 08:11, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Early planetaria[edit]

I'm not sure what it means to say that the planetarium in Springfield, Mass. was the first "United States-built" planetarium. But the Adler Planetarium in Chicago opened in May 1930, 7 years before the one in Springfield (and was obviously built in the US and funded by and designed by two US citizens). Wecoffin (talk) 21:32, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

I'm trying to figure that Springfield claim out. It's sourced to a site that says, in a list of firsts, that Springfield's Seymour Planetarium is the first "American Built Planetarium" and says the Seymour was built in 1937. But calling Max Adler an American citizen isn't even enough since he was born in the United States. So an American-born citizen funded a planetarium that was built in America in 1930. I don't know if the term "United States-built" is a sneaky way of dodging what we know about the Adler, but it doesn't stand up to scrutiny so I'm deleting it. CityOfSilver 21:44, 3 December 2011 (UTC)
And yeah, Ernest Grunsfeld Jr., the Adler Planetarium's architect, was also born in the United States. So Adler, Grunsfeld, and the building all came into being on American soil. I'm getting rid of the whole paragraph. CityOfSilver 21:51, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

The Springfield is the first "United States-built" in that the star projector was built by hand by the Seymour brothers. The Adler's first projector was a Zeiss from Germany. It has nothing to do with Max Adler's citizenship.

The first projector at the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco also was constructed by hand.Slshanks42 (talk) 02:36, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Largest Planetarium?[edit]

Regarding this sentence in the opening, "Planetaria range in size from the Hayden Planetarium's 21-meter dome seating 423 people, to three-meter inflatable portable domes where children sit on the floor." Referred to in this way, it makes it sound like the Hayden Planetarium is the worlds largest, which it isn't. (talk) 02:36, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Planetarium projectors to a new page question in the text-response.[edit]

The problem with moving projectors to their own page is keeping it up to date. That's the same problem that the page itself is having. Just my opinion. - Sharon Slshanks42 (talk) 05:22, 29 November 2016 (UTC)