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FMU Planetarium to present Dooley Commemorative Program on Oct. 22

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Planetarium will present a program titled “The Loneliness Factor: A Commemoration of FMU Astronomer Ed Dooley,” which honors the planetarium’s former director, Sunday, Oct., 22, at 3 p.m.

The October show will feature a multimedia presentation on Dooley’s life, along with a planetarium show titled “The Loneliness Factor,” which features Dooley’s recorded voice. Dooley served as the planetarium’s director from its beginning in 1978 until his death in April.

According to new director John Mattox, the program is “Ed Dooley’s modification of the original program written at the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City.”  In Mattox’s opinion, Dooley’s modified program was superior to the original. “The portion of Ed’s program presented considers the possibility of the existence of civilizations elsewhere in the universe, and prospects for visiting them, or communicating with them. It is still very relevant.”

The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center on the FMU campus.  The planetarium will be renamed the Dooley Planetarium during a ceremony later this month.

In addition to resuming the public programs on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, the planetarium recently resumed the presentation of planetarium shows to school groups. To schedule a show for a school group, call 843-661-1381.

The FMU Planetarium website is The Dooley commemorative website is Mattox’s website is

For more information, call Mattox at 843-661-1441.

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Last Published: June 1, 2004 12:32 PM
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