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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. 2015 to June 2016


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
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.