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Check out a FREE Planetarium Show

& Have a look at Our Active, Dynamic Star

-- Our Sun!

Surface of the Sun



On Saturdays, come see a FREE full dome show and hear a live seasonal star talk highlighting our Valley sky. On SUNNY Saturdays, the Planetarium will also have solar telescopes set-up outside near the JMU Sundial. See our Sun as the active, dynamic star that it is, instead of the pale, yellow dot drawn by kids! Don't miss out on seeing our STAR in a SAFE way that will leave you mesmerized. ALL FREE


FAMILY SHOWS 
at  11am -and- 1pm
Our Family shows are designed for families with young children (ages 4 to 8) in mind but all are welcome

FEATURE SHOWS at  2:15pm -and- 3:30pm
Our Feature shows are great for middle/high school students and adults

Not sure which show to attend? See them both!







Saturday Public Show Schedule

Sept. 2017 to June 2018

**We are closed Saturday, Dec 23 & Saturday, Dec 30

DATE

SEPTEMBER A Teenagers Guide to the Galaxy The Wayfinders
OCTOBER Earth, Moon and Sun DARK: Understanding Dark Matter
NOVEMBER

Polaris: The Space Submarine

The Making of a Star & Her Entourage
DECEMBER** Legends of the Sky: Orion Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
JANUARY Legends of the Sky: Perseus & Andromeda To Space & Back
FEBRUARY Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder Dynamic Earth
MARCH The Case of the Disappearing Planet Sunstruck
APRIL Planetary Visions From Earth to the Universe
MAY One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure Exploring New Horizons
JUNE Magic Tree House: Space Mission In Search of Our Cosmic Origins
JULY CLOSED FOR SPACE EXPLORER CAMPS CLOSED FOR SPACE EXPLORER CAMPS
AUGUST Closed for maintenance Closed for maintenance



Please note
: The John C. Wells planetarium strives to bring cutting-edge science to JMU as well as to the larger Shenandoah Valley community. Hence, the planetarium staff presents established science that is based on consensus from the scientific community. We will present the scientific evidence on topics such as climate change, evolution, age of the Earth, the Big Bang, and the age of the Universe.  All of our full dome shows, activities, and live star talks make reference and begin with the premise that the age of the Universe is 13.8 billion years old, and that our Sun and the Solar System formed ~5 billions years ago. Our staff will not alter their presentations when discussing what some may consider controversial science topics.