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PR # 36 September 23, 2008


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 offered:

Fall Skies: Saturdays, October 18-November 22, 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.

Fright Light: Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 4 & 8 p.m.

Enjoy a special Halloween laser concert.

Laser Pop Rock: Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 4 p.m.

Get a feast for your eyes and ears with this laser show that features songs by REM, U2, Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best of Pink Floyd Laser Concert: Saturdays, November 1 & 15, 8 p.m.

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

Best of U2 Laser Concert: Saturdays, November 8 & 22, 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:

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m.

Two children build a rocket out of a cardboard box and tour the solar system with their astronomy book. They 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, October 19, 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)

Little Star that Could: Sunday, October 19, 4 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 9, 2 & 4 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 show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from the CD Journey into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-7)

Sky Lights Laser & Video Concert: Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.

Laser and video clips animate music by singer/songwriter mr. RAY and Jane Murphy?s Journey into Space CD. Sing along to ?Kalien, the Alien? and ?Moon, Rock, Rock.? (Recommended for ages 3-7)

Reservations are recommended for all shows. All Planetarium shows cost $6 per person for one show or $10 per person 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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