Welcome

We welcome you to the Society of Austrian Planetariums. Our society is an association which aims to promote cooperation and collaboration between Austrian planetariums, to support education and training for all age groups in the fields of astronomy, natural sciences and space sciences, and to initiate and carry out projects in the field of astronomy and related fields of knowledge. The Society’s activities are charitable and not for profit.

The history of our society goes back to 2001, when the then directors of the planetariums in Vienna, Klagenfurt and Schwaz met for the first time for a joint meeting. This resulted in a cooperation agreement between these three planetariums in 2003 and the first show production activities followed. The inaugural meeting of the current society took place on 13 November 2006, also by the then directors of the planetariums in Vienna, Klagenfurt and Schwaz.

News

IPS conference starts in July in Berlin and Jena

From 18-25 July 2024, the International Planetarium Society conference will be held in Berlin and Jena, Germany. Register for the conference now!

Planetarium inspires at the ZOOM Children’s Museum

Digital Planetarium of the Natural History Museum Vienna since October 2023 in the exhibition "Welcome to the Future" at the Zoom Children's Museum!

Anniversary and premiere “100 years of the Planetarium

On 21 October 2023, the "100 Years of Planetariums" anniversary period will begin with two simultaneous events in Munich and Jena and the presentation of the two shows "100 Years of Eternity" and "KIRA".

Projects

ERASMUS+ Project Dark Side of Light

Light pollution. Have you ever heard of this term? How can something as essential as light even be associated with pollution? And yet, there it is.

For several centuries, we have become accustomed to lighting up artificial light sources after dark, considering them natural. But it’s not. Living organisms, both, plants and animals, have adapted to the natural cycle of day and night for tens of millions of years. Our biorhythms work in accordance with sunrise and sunset. The artificial disruption of this cycle has serious consequences, not only for our health but also for the environment and the economy. So why is the increasing level of artificial lighting dangerous for us? Let’s take a look together at what is hidden under the term light pollution and what each of us can do about it.

Mission X – Train Like an Astronaut

“Mission X – Train Like an Astronaut” is an international competition for schools that is held annually. The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed a series of exercises for Mission X that teach children about space knowledge, exercise, sports and the importance of healthy eating in everyday life.