The UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater offers an immersive full-dome experience
with an all-digital definiti projector system made by Sky-Skan, Inc. Two Sony SXRD projectors illuminate the dome with over 12 million pixels, creating
a razor-sharp image. The dome is 10-meters (33 feet) in diameter and the theater
has 62 seats (with tablet arms for notetaking) and three ADA spots. The projector
system can be operated in a "live" mode, enabling the operator to fly you through
the Universe in real time. We also offer full-dome movies on a variety of subjects.
(Please check our show listing to see which shows are currently being offered). The
planetarium also has a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system with a subwoofer, for a seat-shaking
Dr. Erin Hicks, Associate Professor of Astronomy, has been Director of the UAA Planetarium
and Visualization Theater since Fall 2013. In addition to an enthusiasm for sharing
astronomy with her students and the general public, Dr. Hicks is a dedicated supporter
of encouraging an increase in the diversity of students pursuing careers in the sciences.
Dr. Hicks' research focuses on the role of supermassive black holes in galaxy evolution
and makes use of data obtained on world class telescopes such as the Hubble Space
Telescope, Keck Observatory, ESO’s Very Large Telescopes, and the Atacama Large Millimeter
Array. Dr. Hicks leads UAA's Galaxy Evolution Group in which undergraduate students
engage in scientifically meaningful research that contributes to our understanding
of the growth of supermassive black holes and their influence on the evolution of
the galaxies in which they reside.
To Contact Dr. Erin Hicks:
To Contact Omega Smith:
Omega Smith has been manager of the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater since
early 2014. Born and raised in Anchorage, Smith came back to her home town after completing
her degrees at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. During her time on the island, she
was involved in research at the Gemini Observatory and the Institute for Astronomy. In
her spare time, she spent many hours atop Mauna Kea giving tours of the great telescopes,
leading star tours, and teaching astrophotography. Back in Anchorage, Smith has dedicated
her time at the UAA Planetarium to increasing awareness of Astronomy, Physics, and
other sciences while also using the immersive facility for more creative endeavors.