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PR # 193 March 20, 2008

RVCC PLANETARIUM SETS STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS

Spend your weekends this spring at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. The Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts for audiences of all ages. The following shows will be offered:

The Spring Skies: Saturdays, March 29-May 17, 3 & 7 p.m.

As the saying goes??March comes in like a Lion???and audiences will see how Leo the Lion is a prominent fixture in the spring night sky. Participants learn how to find Leo and other nearby stars and constellations of spring. Saturn, Jupiter and Mars also make evening appearances in the spring sky.

Laser Lite: Saturdays, March 29-May 17, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring such songs as ?Kokomo,? ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight? and ?With or Without You.?

Laser Concerts: 8 p.m. on the following nights:

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of Oz: March 29, April 26
Pink Floyd: The Wall: April 5, May 3
Jimi Hendrix: April 12, May 10
U2: April 19, May 17

Children?s Shows: The Planetarium also will offer the following shows geared specifically for children:

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.

Two children build a rocket out of a cardboard box and tour the solar system with their astronomy book. They?ll fly past the Sun, planets, asteroids and the Moon. Did they really see it all in just one night? What is their secret? (Recommended for ages 6-9)

Laser Kids: Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs like ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? ?Adams Family? theme song and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures overhead.

Rockin? Rocket Ride: Sunday, May 18, 2 and 3 p.m.

Put on your spacesuit and blast off into outer space. Catchy songs help guide us through the solar system and past the Moon. See which constellations are visible tonight before heading back to Earth. The program offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from the CD Journey into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 6 and under)

School Break Shows: The Planetarium is also offering School Break Shows (open to the public) that are geared for children.

Both shows will run on Tuesdays, March 25 and April 22:

The Sky Tonight, 2 p.m.

Find out which stars and constellations are visible in tonight?s sky. Locate the Big Dipper. Discover which planets can be seen without a telescope.

Laser Kids, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs like ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? ?Adams Family? theme song and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures overhead.

Reservations are recommended for all shows. All Planetarium shows cost $5 each or $9 for two shows on the same day, unless noted otherwise. For addition information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .

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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