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PR #227 June 19, 2007

RVCC PLANETARIUM TO PRESENT SUMMER STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS

The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch is offering a variety of star shows and laser concerts this summer for audiences of all ages. The following star shows and laser concerts will be presented July 10-August 30:

Tuesdays:

2 p.m.: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Recommended for families with children under 10)

Two children tour the solar system in just one night with the help of their astronomy book and their imagination. Come see the updated version of this classic star show, featuring a new soundtrack, new voices and new animation.

3 p.m.: Laser Kids (Recommended for school age and older)

Listen to such songs as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? ?Adams Family Theme Song? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on a dome overhead.

Wednesdays:

7:30 p.m.: Summer Skies

The Planetarium?s astronomy educator takes visitors on a tour of the night sky. The Summer Triangle dominates the evening skies this season. Saturn and Jupiter shine brightly as well. Glasses will be provided in order to view solar images in 3-D taken by the STEREO spacecraft.

8:30 p.m.: Laser Shows

Led Zeppelin ? July 11, August 8

Pink Floyd?s Dark Side of the Moon ? July 18, August 15

Jimi Hendrix ? July 25, August 22

Legends of Rock & Roll ? August 1, 29

Telescopes will be available outside the Planetarium after the Wednesday evening shows for viewings on clear nights.

Thursdays:

2 p.m.: Space Elves (Recommended for families with children under 12)

A young girl discovers two elves writing an ABC book about the sky. The elves argue over everything, including what words should be included in their book. With a snap of their fingers, Jody and the elves explore asteroids, comets, supernovas, Mars and more.

3 p.m.: Laser Kids (Recommended for school age and older)

Listen to such songs as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? ?Adams Family Theme Song? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.

Admission to all star shows and laser concerts is $5 per person, per show. The cost is $9 per person if you see two shows in one day. Reservations are recommended for all shows. Call 908-231-8805. No one is admitted after a show begins.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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