The NOVA Mobile Planetarium: 10 best practices for planetarium projects based on an education success story

  • Holt, J. (Speaker)
  • Joris Hanse (Speaker)
  • Marieke Baan (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationAcademic


The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) has been operating a mobile planetarium for more than 14 years. Since 2009, the project has reached more than 500,000 learners and their teachers across the Netherlands. In the last 4 years the project has expanded rapidly, now reaching, on average, more than three times the number of learners per year compared to pre-pandemic levels. NOVA has also begun a number of collaborations including supporting mobile planetarium projects in Namibia (the AMT Mobile Planetarium) and Saint Eustacius and working together with science education researchers and teachers to develop curriculum-linked planetarium content and supporting classroom materials. The 100 year anniversary of the planetarium prompted NOVA to look back on the last 14 years and the challenges faced, and to reflect on which factors have made the NOVA Mobile Planetarium a success story. Key elements include the exclusively live and interactive planetarium shows, and a team with specialist skills and flexibility. The result of this reflection is a set of 10 best practices which have been critical for the success of the NOVA Mobile Planetarium and will be useful for all mobile planetarium projects across the world.
Period26 Jun 2024
Event titleCommunicating Astronomy with the Public 2024
Event typeConference
LocationToulouse, FranceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational