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John C. Wells Planetarium Makes Headlines

A Call to Darkness

March 12, 2014
JMU Public Affairs

WMRA's Virginia Insight: Reaching for Starry Nights

March 10, 2014

So Long, Starry Night

March 8, 2014
Daily News-Record

WMRA's Virginia Insight: Planetarium Guy

Dec. 9, 2013

Light Pollution Blocks Stars and also a Danger to Your Health

Aug. 29, 2013

Stargazer Group, Planetarium Turn Focus Upward

July 23, 2013
Daily News-Record

Students explore out of this world experience

July 21, 2013
The News-Virginian (Waynesboro)

To Infinity And Beyond

July 19, 2013
Daily News-Record 

Former Astronaut Speaks to Local Students

July 18, 2013

NASA-sponsored Space Camp to be Held at JMU

July 2013

One on One interview with planetarium director Shanil Virani

December 2012

Debunking the End of the World Myth

Nov. 22, 2012

JMU Planetarium Event To Examine The Science Behind The Star Of Bethlehem

Nov. 17, 2012
Daily News-Record 

Scientist: “2012: We’re All (Not) Gonna Die!”

Oct. 1, 2012
The Breeze

Let's Go To A Planetarium

Sept. 27, 2012
The News Leader, Staunton 

Private Space Exploration Opens New Ways to See the Cosmos

June 15, 2012
Daily News-Record

Planetarium Facilitates Last Chance To See Venus Cross Sun's Face

June 1, 2012
Daily News-Record

Adventures of a Citizen Scientist

Feb. 15, 2012
Daily News-Record 

Monthly Stargazing Event at JMU is a Success

Jan. 27, 2012

Out of Sight: 'Star Parties' Bring Heavens A Little Closer To Earth

Jan. 26, 2012
Daily News-Record

The end?

Jan. 7, 2012
Daily News-Record

JMU planetarium offers free shows

Nov. 3, 2011
The News Leader, Staunton

A Room With A View: JMU Planetarium Puts Universe on Display

Oct. 22, 2011
Daily News-Record

Q&A with Shanil Virani, the new acting director of the John C. Wells Planetarium

Oct. 13, 2011
The Breeze

Break Away

Jan. 17, 2011
The Breeze 

‘Go Polar' At JMU Saturday
Researcher To Give Presentation On Arctic Science

Aug. 27, 2009
Daily News-Record

Astronomy Gets A Boost As More People Look To The Stars With Wonder

Aug. 20, 2009
Daily News-Record

Eyes to the Sky

Feb. 26, 2009
The Breeze 

It's standing room only at JMU's planetarium:
The renovated facility is attracting crowds in Harrisonburg

Nov. 16, 2008
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Planetarium Set to Reopen Saturday

Sept. 25, 2008
Daily News-Record

JMU's Newly Renovated Planetarium

Sept. 24, 2008
WHSV TV-3, Harrisonburg

JMU's Galaxy Tour
Planetarium's $1.3M Makeover Finished; Reopening Set For Fall

June 21, 2008
Daily News-Record

At JMU, closed planetarium to flicker back to life in '08

Sept. 5, 2007
WRIC News 8, Richmond, Va.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - A planetarium at James Madison University is set to flicker back to life next year.

The John C. Wells Planetarium in Miller Hall opened in 1974. For the next three decades, thousands flocked to the 65-seat planetarium.

In 2005, it was closed when officials began to renovate Miller Hall. And the planetarium's 30-year-old projector was causing stars to disappear or dim.

The projector has received a few new digital upgrades thanks to the school's physics and astronomy department. And officials plan to reopen the facility to the public by mid-2008.