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PR # 239 June 8, 2009

RVCC PLANETARIUM TO PRESENT SUMMER STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS

The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts this summer for all ages to enjoy.

Several of the shows?including ?Two Small Pieces of Glass,? ?Tycho to the Moon? and an updated version of ?The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket??feature the Planetarium?s new technology, which offers six powerful high-definition projectors that combine real images with computer animation to create an immersive, Imax-like experience. With this new technology, audiences feel as if they are zooming through the solar system, past the Milky Way, and to the very edges of the universe.

The following shows will be offered at the RVCC Planetarium:

?Two Small Pieces of Glass?: Tuesdays, July 7-August 25, 7:30 p.m.
?Two Small Pieces of Glass? traces the history of the telescope from Galileo?s modifications to a child?s spyglass?using two small pieces of glass?to the launch of NASA?s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the past 400 years.

?Summer Skies?: Thursdays, July 9-August 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Summer Triangle dominates the evening skies this season. Join us on Thursday evenings throughout the summer to learn what stars, constellations and planets are visible?including Saturn?and hear about current events in astronomy.

Laser Concerts: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-August 27, 8:30 p.m.

A variety of laser concerts will be offered this summer on the following evenings:

Best of Pink Floyd: July 7, July 21, August 6, August 20
Laser 80?s: July 14, July 28, August 13, August 27
Laser U2: July 9, July 23, August 4, August 18
Light Waves 2: July 16, July 30, August 11, August 25

Children?s Shows:

The Planetarium also will offer the following stars shows and laser concerts geared specifically for children:

?Tycho to the Moon,? Tuesdays, July 7-August 25, 2 p.m.
Meet Tycho, a dog who doesn?t just howl at the Moon, he also wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride as participants learn about night and day, space travel, the phases of the Moon and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, watch the effects of gravity, see the Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the sky. (Recommended for ages 6-10)

?Laser Kids,? Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-August 27, 3 p.m.
Listen to songs such as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

?Rockin? Rocket Ride,? Wednesdays, July 8-August 26, 2 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space. Catchy songs teach participants about the planets and moon rocks. Discover what stars are visible in tonight?s sky. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

?Sky Lights,? Wednesdays, July 8-August 26, 3 p.m.
Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by mr. RAY and Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

?Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,? Thursdays, July 9-August 27, 2 p.m.
Two children tour the solar system in just one night with the help of their astronomy book. Enjoy this fully animated, all-dome version of the popular children?s show. (Recommended for ages 6-10)

Reservations are recommended for all shows. Planetarium shows cost $6 each or $11 for two shows on the same day, unless noted otherwise. For additional 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 40 years, offers more than 90 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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