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PR #45 September 27, 2007

RVCC PLANETARIUM TO OFFER STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS

Spend your weekends this fall at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. The Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in October and November for audiences of all ages. The following shows will be held Saturdays, October 13-November 17.

Fall Skies: Saturdays, October 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17, 3 & 7 p.m.

Explore the fall sky and learn how to find the planets in the night sky. Discover the constellations of Pegasus the Flying Horse, Perseus the Hero, Andromeda the Maiden and Cassiopeia the Queen. Learn about the Leonid Meteor Shower.

Laser Atlantis: Saturdays, October 13; November 3, 10, 17, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of pop and rock music under the starry Planetarium sky with such songs as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? ?Kokomo? and ?Talk to the Animals.?

The Best of Pink Floyd Laser Concert: Saturdays, October 13, November 10, 8 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring the music of the legendary Pink Floyd.

U2 Laser Concert: Saturdays, November 3, 17, 8 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring the music of U2.

Children?s Shows

The Planetarium is also offering several shows geared specifically for children ages nine and younger:

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Sunday, October 14, 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)

The Little Star That Could: Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m.

Join Little Star, an average yellow star, as he meets other colorful stars in our galaxy during his quest for a name and a planet to call his own. (Recommended for ages 6-9)

Rockin? Rocket Ride: Sunday, November 11, 2 & 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. A lively experience for young people with selected music from the CD Journey into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-7)

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

Space Bus: Thursday, November 8, 2 p.m.

Stella and her classmates have won the ultimate prize for a well-written essay: a trip to space. Climb aboard the space bus and zoom past planets and moons. When problems arise out near Pluto, how will the kids get home? (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Laser Kids: Thursday, November 8, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs like ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? the ?Adams Family theme song? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6 and older)

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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