Have a look at Our Active,
Dynamic Star -- Our 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. 2015 to June 2016
**We are closed Saturday, Dec 26 & Saturday, Jan 2
|SEPTEMBER||Magic Tree House: Space Mission||Dynamic Earth|
|OCTOBER||The Case of the Disappearing Planet||Exploring New Horizons|
|NOVEMBER||One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure||The Making of a Star & Her Entourage|
|DECEMBER**||Legends of the Sky: Orion||Cosmic Origins Spectrograph|
|JANUARY**||A Part of the Sky Called Orion||To Space & Back|
|FEBRUARY||Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder||Ancient Skies|
|MARCH||Magic Tree House: Space Mission||Sunstruck|
|APRIL||Planetary Visions||From Earth to the Universe|
|MAY||One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure||In Search of Our Cosmic Origins|
|JUNE||The Case of the Disappearing Planet||Back to the Moon... For Good|
|JULY||CLOSED FOR SPACE EXPLORER CAMPS||CLOSED FOR SPACE EXPLORER CAMPS|
|AUGUST||Closed for maintenance||Closed for maintenance|
Please be aware: 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, the Big Bang, age of the Earth, and the age of the Universe. All of our full dome shows, activities, and live star talks make reference to an age of the Universe that 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.