"Day of Planetaria", that has been held in different countries
yearly since 1995, is an important opportunity for involving the international
community in a collaboration that aims to promote knowledge of planetaria
to the public.
The following are our suggestions to institutions that can take part in the "Day":
Links to all planetaria that participate in this project will be listed
on the science web pages of the site.
During the "Day" planetaria can offer their ordinary program
or organize special events (such as lessons, shows, exhibitions, practical
sky viewing and so on) that are low cost or free to the public.
3. In the leaflet that describes your own planetarium program or in a special leaflet printed for the "Day", planetaria are invited to reproduce the logo of the "Day of Planetaria" (available above).
4. During the "Day" the entrance to some planetaria is free.
5. We are inviting all planetaria, not only the European ones, to take part and to support the "Day." This "Day" could also be held in conjunction with celebrating an event that is unique to your planetarium. For example, anniversaries of planetarium buildings, or openings, or ceremonies to honor past directors or special lecturers could be celebrated as part of the "Day."
This initiative provides a good chance for diffusing the knowledge of
planetaria to the public at large. Mass media attention is attracted
to this event because it is held in many cities around the world. Obviously
each planetarium is invited to send "press releases" to local
media indicating that second Sunday of March is the
"Day of Planetaria". In the future, we hope that other countries
will join in this initiative.
THE LOGO OF THE ANNUAL "DAY OF PLANETARIA"
The aim of this initiative is to promote the knowledge and the diffusion of planetaria. During this Day planetaria organise shows, lessons, projections, exhibitions and public sky viewing. During the Day in some planetaria the entrance is free. On December 1995 in Lumezzane (Brescia, Italy), at the Serafino Zani Study and Research Center, there was the meeting of the committee for the drawing contest about the logo of the annual "Day of Planetaria" composed by the astronomer Mario Cavedon, representant of the Italian Planetaria's Friends Association, by the architect/designer Liliana Bonomi, representant of the Serafino Zani Study and Research Center and by Patricia Lipovska, representant of the Observatory and Planetarium of Presov (Slovakia).
Each planetarian of the pre-committee, without knowing the name and the country of the authors, has chosen the five best works among all the drawings. Among the total number of works, from 4 different countries, the pre-committee selected 14 works. As indicated in the contest rules the committee has chosen, without indication of the name and the country of the authors, the best drawing among the total number of the works selected by the pre-committee.