Great American Eclipse: Monday, August 21st!!!!
Starts in the Methacton Area at 1:21 p.m., Most Coverage (79.9%) at 2:44p.m., Ends 4:01 p.m.
See out Solar Eclipse Tab for some safe viewing tips and resources!!
Check out the International Space Station (ISS) Passing over head this week. Click the link below to see a listing of times and directions to look:
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.
Latitude 40º08' Longitude 75º25'
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.
Milky Way Galaxy, Spiral Arms, Dust bands
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 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.
ATM-4 Automation, Spitz Full Dome Player, Starry Night Planetarium Software, Layered Earth Geology
Multi Media Array used for G. Holst "The Planets" - Music Classes
Exploring the Surface of Mars