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**NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the John C. Wells Planetarium is CLOSED to all school field trips and community groups. Please check back here for reopening information.**

When we are able to reopen, come on Saturday and see a FREE full dome show and hear a live seasonal star talk highlighting the Shenandoah Valley night sky. On SUNNY Saturdays, the Planetarium may also have solar telescopes set-up outside near the JMU Sundial.

Family shows are designed for families with young children (ages 4 to 8) in mind.  Feature shows are great for middle/high school students and adults.  All are welcome to attend either show!

All shows are free admission for the public and no tickets are needed.

Currently Closed

** Closed during JMU's Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks

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.

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