The John C. Wells Planetarium and the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy are proud to present the award-winning documentary THE CITY DARK starting Saturday, March 3 at 7pm at the John C. Wells Planetarium (Miller Hall, Room 1103). We will screen this documentary on Saturdays from March 3 to March 24, and again from April 7 to April 21 at 7pm. Each performance will be followed by a live star talk featuring the Shenandoah Valley night time sky. Please join us for this special film! More details can be found at: http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium
THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question - do we need the stars? - taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond. Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights - including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
2011, 84 mins, rated G