Monthly Stargazing Event at JMU is a Success

By: Paul Wiederholt Email
By: Paul Wiederholt Email

Those in the Valley looking for a way to see planets and stars have a new option.

James Madison University kicked off its monthly stargazing event tonight. Students and teachers set up two telescopes at the JMU astronomy park where over 100 people got an upclose look at the stars.

Organizers say the event gives people in the community an opportunity to view the universe in a whole new light. They believe Harrisonburg is lucky that events like these are still possible.

"We're a little lucky here in Harrisonburg and The Valley. You don't have to go too far outside the city to get dark skies and see the Milky Way galaxy on a clear night when there isn't any moonlight to contend with. I'm not sure that's going to be the case ten years from now," said Director of JMU Planetarium Shenil Virani.

The next stargazing event at JMU will be Saturday, Feb. 25. For more information visit the planetarium's website. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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