Evening Planetarium Public Show
Winter/Spring 2017 
 
A registration guarantees  a seat the night of the presentation.  Seats not reserved will be sold to the general public. Presentations do sell out so it is strongly recommended to make a reservation in advance.  Please revisit this website the week of your presentation for schedule changes or weather cancellations. 
Night sky observing is conducted at all evening shows with our district telescope if weather permits.  Funds for the telescope were donated by Colorcon.
 Friday, February 24, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. & Second Show 7:45-9:00 p.m. - Drinking Gourd & Celestial Highlights 
 Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up
 In recognition of Black History Month, we follow a slave family in their journey to freedom. Slave children practiced a secret song that included directions for the Underground Railroad. Journey with us as we follow their trail to the Drinking Gourd. Included with this presentation is a night sky orientation of northern circumpolar stars.
 
Friday, March 17, 2017
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Molecularium
Target Audience: Ages 5 & Up
      A planetarium full-dome digital presentation targeted for younger audiences and families. The Molecularium is an amazing ship that can speed up or slow down time, as well as change sizes to observe the universe at the atomic level. Join Oxy, Hydro, and Hydra for this animated adventure through time and space. 
 
7:45 - 9:00 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Two Small Pieces of Glass 
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
     Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass— using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies.  
 
Friday, April 21, 2017
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Two Small Pieces of Glass 
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
     Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass— using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies.  
 
7:45-9:00 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Guest Speaker (T.B.D.) 
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
 
Friday, May 19, 2017
6:30-7:30 p.m. -Little Star That Could
Target Audience: Ages 5 & Up
    Follow Little Star, an average star in search of a planet of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies.
 
7:45 - 9:00 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Two Small Pieces of Glass 
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
     Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass— using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies.  
 
 
Friday, June 9, 2017
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Dynamic Earth
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
    An award winning Planetarium full dome digital presentation that is targeted for ages 11 and up. Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. This cutting edge production follows a trail of energy that fl ows from the sun to the interlocking systems that shape our climate, the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane and fl y into broiling volcanoes.
 
7:45-9:00 p.m. - Celestial Highlights & Guest Speaker (T.B.D.) 
Target Audience: Ages 10 & Up 
 
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iconThe Mallon Planetarium
Latitude 40º08'  Longitude 75º25'

 
 
Welcome Everyone!
The Mallon Planetarium services all students of the Methacton School District.  We are within Lower Providence township just north of Valley Forge in Eagleville Pennsylvania.  The planetarium is on the campus of the Arcola Intermediate School at 4000 Eagleville Road.   The planetarium is  utilized district-wide and services Skyview, Arrowhead, Audubon, Eagleville, Worcester and Woodland Elementary Schools along with Arcola Intermediate and Methacton High School.
 
 
 

Mallon moon

 

 

day sky

 
 

music lesson

 

 
 mallon red
 
 
Milky Way Galaxy, Spiral Arms, Dust bands

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    Mallon Planetarium             Seasons demonstration
 
MALLON PLANETARIUM :The planetarium is named in honor of the founding director; Dr. Gerald Mallon.  At the time of Dr. Mallon's death, he was the president-elect of the International Planetarium Society.  He was awarded the International Planetarium Society Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Mallon served as our first planetarium director from 1974 through 1991.  Dr. Mallon's work in Participatory Oriented Presentations  and his extensive array of lab experiments to use in the planetarium are in use in many educational planetariums and starlabs across the country.
 
Our original Planetarium projector was a Spitz 512   originally installed when Arcola opened in 1971.  In 2003 the district installed the Spitz ATM4 to control a full multimedia display including 10 slide projectors, DVD,  MP3 (via PowerPoint) and Video playback. 
 
Webcasting direct with NASA   original projector
WebCasting Direct with NASA on model rocket design
 
In 2014 we updated our facility to a fully modern digital planetarium.  Spitz Sci-Dome HD is now the centerpiece of our facility.  Starry Night Software, Layered Earth, and Full dome Spitz player components have been added.  Spitz ATM-4 automation system  was upgraded.  Original slide projectors will be phased out as digital conversion proceeds.  Our existing DVD, Laser Disc and Spitz E-Media capabilities were integrated into our new system.  Below is the new control panel.
 
control panel
ATM-4 Automation, Spitz Full Dome Player, Starry Night Planetarium Software, Layered Earth Geology
 
 
 
 
G. Holst
Multi Media Array used for G. Holst "The Planets" - Music Classes
exploring Mars
Exploring the Surface of Mars
 
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