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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

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PAST EVENTS 

Starry Nights Harrisonburg

Starry Nights Harrisonburg Schedule of Events


Pluto: Planet or Pretender? Thursday, January 30 at 7pm in JMU's Wilson Hall Auditorium

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Students: Celebrate Valentines Day with a free movie at the planetarium

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What happens after the Hubble Telescope? Find out on Jan. 24

 

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Dr. Phil Plait, the"Bad Astronomer"


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Debunking 2012 Doomsday Prophecies

Planetarium director Shanil Virani explains the fallacies behind various doomsday prophecies for 2012.

 


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Everything you need to know about next week’s Transit of Venus

 

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Public Science Talk

Dr. Jennifer Mangan of JMU will discuss ways scientists are able to determine climates of the past at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the John C. Wells Planetarium.

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Special Event: Saturday evening screenings of the acclaimed documentary, The City Dark

Beginning Saturday, March 3, the John C. Wells Planetarium will show The City Dark, a documentary exploring the effects of light pollution and the disappearing night sky. Click here for more details.

This event is in addition to our regular Saturday afternoon shows and is not related to those programs, which run through May.


Public Science Talk

Dr. Matt Chamberlin of JMU will discuss the approaching end to the current great cycle in the "long count" calendar at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the John C. Wells Planetarium.

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Public Science Talk

Dr. David Leisawitz of NASA will discuss space exploration at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the John C. Wells Planetarium.

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movie posterSpecial Valentines Day movie for JMU students, faculty and staff: 10 Things I Hate About You will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the planetarium. Click on the poster for all the details.


thumb of movie posterMystery of the Christmas Star: 7 p.m. Friday's and Saturdays, Nov. 18-Dec. 17, 2011. Additional shows added on Dec. 22 and 23. Produced by Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater, Mystery of the Christmas Star allows audiences to journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem in pursuit of a scientific explanation of the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

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Bad Science Night, Spring 2011

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