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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

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


SEPTEMBER A Teenagers Guide to the Galaxy The Wayfinders
OCTOBER Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? Phantom of the Universe

Earth, Moon and Sun

The First Stargzers
DECEMBER** Legends of the Sky: Orion Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
JANUARY Legends of the Sky: Perseus & Andromeda Seeing: A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time & Mind
FEBRUARY Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder Dynamic Earth
MARCH This is Our Sky The Energetic Universe
APRIL Planetary Visions Rosetta
MAY One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure Saturn and Beyond
JUNE Magic Tree House: Space Mission The Incredible Sun
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.