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FMU Planetarium to hold public shows in October

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Planetarium is resuming Sunday public presentations, which are normally held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

The shows had been temporarily suspended after the death of James “Ed” Dooley in April. Dooley had directed the FMU Planetarium from its beginning in 1978.

The October show is titled “The Ed Dooley Commemorative Planetarium Program.” It will feature a multimedia presentation on Dooley’s life, along with a planetarium show titled “The Loneliness Factor,” which features Dooley’s recorded voice. The two public presentations of this show will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

The planetarium will be renamed the Dooley Planetarium during a ceremony later this month.

In September, the planetarium resumed the presentation of planetarium shows to school groups. These shows are now scheduled by the FMU Department of Chemistry and Physics. To schedule a show for a school group, call 843-661-1381.

For more information, call FMU professor John Mattox, director of the planetarium, at 843-661-1441.

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

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Last Published: June 1, 2004 12:51 PM
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