Name of Engagement
John C. Wells Planetarium
The John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU is a $2 million, state-of-the-art, hybrid facility. It hosts both an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5, a ultra-high resolution digital projection system, and a Goto Chronos opto-mechanical star projector that provides visitors with a superior and realistic night sky. The digital system allows presentations of unique full dome movies as well as projections of the multi-wavelength universe on the dome. The Goto Chronos starball allows projections of an authentic night sky for any location on the Earth’s surface. Arguably JMU's flagship community outreach program, the Planetarium welcomes more than 25,000 people every year.
Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU
JMU Only, Hburg/Local/VA, Regional Scope
2008 - Planetarium facility newly renovated
Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)
Benefits for Faculty, Students, Community, and Institution
JMU students run the Saturday programs at the Planetarium and are involved in giving public scientific presentations. Students get practical experience running a $2 million, state-of-the-art planetarium.
Areas of Engagement
Community Engagement, Engaged Learning