Pacific Planetarium


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

The current Membership List (25 K) is available on line and is updated regularly.

The current PPA newsletter/journal is called the Great Western Observer (GWO) and is a combined effort of four organizations: PPA, RMPA, GLPA and SWAP (Links below). See all past and current issues of GWO at the Great Western Observer website or at the SWAP Resource Page.

Before 2002, the PPA journal/newsletter was called Panorama and links to past issues as well as selected PPA Conference Proceedings are below.
Read the Summer '99 Edition of Panorama.
Read the Proceedings of the Desert Skies Conference.
Read the Summer '00 Edition of Panorama.
Read the Fall '00 Meeting Minutes at Texas 2000.
Read the Texas 2000 Proceedings (pdf file - 1.9 MB).
Read the Summer '01 Edition of Panorama (pdf file - 688 KB).
Read the Fall 2001 Proceedings.
Read the Fall 2001 PPA Regional Meeting Minutes.

There is also a PPA electronic mailing list moderated through Karl von Ahnen <>.

To Join PPA or Renew Membership
To become a PPA member and take part in the benefits of our professional planetarium organization, pay the annual membership dues ($15) either by PayPal or write a check for $15, made out to Pacific Planetarium Association, and send it to Robert Pippin, PPA Treasurer, [address below]. Send e-mail to Bob Pippin <>, or a cover note with your check, stating your name, address, telephone, and email address. You can use our convenient self-mailer. Click on the link at right to use Paypal. Check the Membership List above to confirm your membership status (see last line of your entry for the current "paid-through" date). If your membership has lapsed, send dues to Bob Pippin by check as described above.
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PPA Officers:
    NV Resident Agent
    Panorama Editor
Benjamin Mendesohn     John Young     Robert Pippin     David Goldwater     Karl von Ahnen
West Valley Community College     Fleet Space Theater     CSN Planetarium - S1A     CSN Planetarium - S2B     Minolta Planetarium
14000 Fruitvale Ave.     P. O. Box 33303     3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.     3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.     21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Saratoga, CA 95070     San Diego, CA 92103     N. Las Vegas, NV 89030     N. Las Vegas, NV 89030     Cupertino, CA 95014
      Conference committee:

  Gail Chaid
  Dale Etheridge
  Alan Gould
  Robert Pippin
  John Young

The Western Alliance of Planetariums held its most recent meeting July 22 - 26, 2012 in conjunction with IPS in Baton Rouge, LA, USA. For details, please visit the conference web site at The next WAC meeting will be at the Alvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station KC, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, September 18 - 20, 2013. Details at

You can find the web sites of other planetarium regionals at:

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This data last updated: 10/31/12