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Public Shows

 
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Special Events  

* 3M Observatory
* The Sky Above - a program for those with autism or other developmental disabilities.
* Meditation under the Stars 
* Astronomy Day - Saturday, October 4 
* An Astronomical Journey through Hunterdon County's history

 

Star Shows and Laser Concerts

All shows run approximately 40 minutes. (Evening laser concerts may run up to 1 hour.)
Admission: $7 for one show, $13 for two shows on the same day.

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations! ALL GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE SHOULD MAKE RESERVATIONS!

  • Shows and Concerts start on time.
  • No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show or concert has started; by order of the Fire Marshall.
    There is no re-admittance if you leave during a show.
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time.
    Reservations are held until 10 minutes before the start of a show.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children can not be left unattended in the planetarium.
  • Afternoon laser shows are recommended for ages 6 and older.
    Evening laser shows are recommended for ages 12 and older.
    They use album versions of songs, not radio versions.
    Words are not edited or bleeped from the original artist's recording.

Scroll down for the Just for Kids schedule.

RVCC Planetarium Programs are made possible with generous funding from our friends at:
3M logo and NJSGC New Jersey Space Grant Consortium - header

 

 

 September
 
 

Thursday
, September 25
2:00 pm        Perfect Little Planet  (SOLD OUT!)
3:00 pm        Laser Kids
 

 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet

Thursday, September 25 (SOLD OUT!)
2:00 pm

A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot.  Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose?  

(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

 Laser Kids Laser Kids 

Thursday, September 25
3:00 pm

Listen to songs such as “Yellow Submarine,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and I Gotta Feeling” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. 
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

Song List  

   
 

 

October

 
 
 Saturday, October 4 -- Astronomy Day

Saturdays, October 4 & 11
3:00 pm    Fall Skies
4:00 pm    Laser Pop Rock
7:00 pm    Fall Skies
8:00 pm    Laser Grateful Dead (Oct 4)
8:00 pm    Rock of Ages laser concert (Oct 11)

Saturdays, October 18 & 25
3:00 pm    Spooky Skies
4:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (family version)
7:00 pm    Spooky Skies
8:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (PG-13 version)

Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day)
2:00 pm    Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm    Sky Lights

Sunday, October 19
2:00 pm    Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (family version)
4:30 pm    The Sky Above

Friday, October 31  (Halloween Night)
8:00 pm    Spooky Skies
9:00 pm    Fright Light laser concert (PG-13 version)
 Observatory - small image Astronomy Day
Saturday, October 4
2:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm

     Observatory and Hands-On Activities: Free
     Planetarium shows: $7 per person for one show, $13 per person for two shows on the same day.

The 3M Observatory will be open in the afternoon (2-5 pm) and evening (6-10 pm).  Safely observe the Sun through our 16" and 8" telescopes.  Be a human sundial.  Other hands-on activities will be available as well.  Sky shows and laser concerts will be presented at the regular admission prices.

Planetarium Shows:
The Fall Skies  3:00 and 7:00 pm
Laser Pop Rock  4:00 pm
Laser Grateful Dead  8:00 pm
 Starfield Fall 1 The Fall Skies
Saturday, October 4 & 11
3:00 & 7:00 pm

Explore the night sky under our planetarium dome with an expert guide.  Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible tonight.  The constellations Andromeda, Pegasus, and Cassiopeia are some of the easy-to-find patterns.  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, October 4 & 11
4:00 pm

Features songs by a variety of artists including songs like "Party Rock" by LMFAO, "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles, "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, and "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen.  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

Song List
  Laser Grateful Dead Laser Grateful Dead
Saturdays, October 4, November 1 & 15
8:00 pm

Our newest rock laser concert!  "Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are a few of the classics in this concert.

Song List

 Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages laser concert
Saturday, October 11
8:00 pm

Sing along with musical hits drawn from the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Monday, October 13
2:00 pm

Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets.  Get to know Mr. Moon Rock.  Discover what stars and constellations are visible in tonight's sky.  This show offers a musical, astronomical adventure for space kids.  (Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
Monday, October 13
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser and video music concert for our younger visitors.  Songs include "ROY G BIV" and "Kalien the Alien" by mr RAY, "The Planet Song" and "Is Anybody Else Out There?" by Jane Murphy, "ABC-123" by the Jackson Five, and "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney.  (Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Spooky Skies Spooky Skies
Saturdays, October 18 & 25,  3:00 & 7:00 pm
Friday, October 31, 8:00 pm

This Halloween, come to the RVCC Planetarium to witness the spine-chilling tricks and treats of Spooky Skies!  Go back to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then go into the heavens to draw parallels between some celestial objects and famous monsters.  What does a werewolf have on an inescapable Black Hole, a noxious, deadly planet like Venus, or a crushing, dangerous supernova?  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 Fright Light werewolf Fright Light laser concert

Family version - recommended for ages 6 to adult
Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 4:00 pm  
Sunday, October 19, 3:00 pm  

PG-13 version - not recommended for young visitors

Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 8:00 pm, Friday, October 31, 9 pm  (PG-13 version - not recommended for young visitors)

Family Version: Fun Halloween Songs, including "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Purple People Eater" by Shep Wooley, and "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
PG-13 Version: Not for young viewers or those easily scared! Songs include "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by Weird Al, "Witch Queen of New Orleans" by Redbone, and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. Strobes and Fog Machines 
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Sunday, October 19
2:00 pm

A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot.  Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose?  (Recommended for ages 6-12) 
 Fright Light Ghostbusters Fright Light
Sunday, October 19
3:00 pm

Join us for the family version of our popular Halloween laser concert.  Songs include "Alive" by Meatloaf and "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
   

November 

 



Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
3:00 pm          AstronoMyths
4:00 pm          Laser Magic
7:00 pm          Fall Skies
8:00 pm          Laser Grateful Dead (Nov 1 & 15)
8:00 pm          Laser Modern Rock (Nov 8 & 22)

 Thursday, November 6 (Teacher Convention holiday)
2:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 pm          The Little Star that Could

Sunday, November 16
2:00 pm          Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon
3:00 pm          Storybooks in Space
4:30 pm          The Sky Above

~~ The Planetarium is closed Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27 - 30 ~~

 Astronomyths AstronoMyths
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
3:00 pm

The Autumn Skies are full of myth and science.  Learn some of the Greek mythology associated with the constellations, then look beyond the stories to discover the deep sky objects hidden within: binary star systems, star clusters, and giant galaxies.  (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
 laser Beams and Pinwheel Laser Magic
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
4:00 pm

Our newest family laser concert!  The song list is coming soon.  (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)

Song List

 Starfield Fall 1 Fall Skies
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
7:00 pm

Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome with an expert guide.  Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible tonight.  The constellations Andromeda, Pegasus, and Cassiopeia are some of the easy-to-find patterns.
 Laser Grateful Dead Laser Grateful Dead
Saturdays, November 1 & 15
8:00 pm

Our newest rock laser concert!  "Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are a few of the classics in this concert.
 Laser Modern Rock Laser Modern Rock
Saturdays, November 8 & 22
8:00 pm

Another brand new rock laser concert!  This laser concert includes artists from the 2000's to today.  "Fever" by Black Keys, "Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay, "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors, and "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons are some of the songs you'll hear.
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Thursday, November 6
2:00 pm

Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels.  
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

 The Little Star that Could The Little Star that Could 
Thursday, November 6
3:00 pm 

Travel with an average yellow star on his quest to get a “name” and a planet to call his own. A “cool” red star, a “hot” blue star, a dying star, double stars and the Milky Way Galaxy teach Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star’s surprise when he discovers that several planets rotate around him. The show offers a great introduction to the different kinds of stars in space, as well as the planets in our solar system.

(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

   

 December

 
 

Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20

2:00 pm     The Alien Who Stole Christmas
3:00 pm     Winter Wonder Lights
4:00 pm     December Skies

Sundays, Decemeber 7, 14, 21
2:00 pm     The Alien Who Stole Christmas
3:00 pm     Winter Wonder Lights
4:30 pm     The Sky Above (December 14 only)

The Planetarium is closed December 22 - January 2.  
 The Alien Who Stole Christmas The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20
Sundays, December 7, 14, 21
2:00 pm

Discover the stars visible in the winter sky.Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him.  The kids on other planets need presents too, you know!  (Recommended for ages 6-10)
 laser Bells Winter Wonder Lights
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20
Sundays, December 7, 14, 21
3:00 pm

Listen to holiday hits such as "Wizards in Winter," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," and "Dominick the Donkey,"  (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
 Winter Sky 2013 Feb December Skies
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20
4:00 pm

Discover the stars and constellations we can see in tonight's sky.

Just for Kids!

 

 
All shows run approximately 40 minutes.
Admission: $7 for one show, $13 for two shows on the same day

Call 908-231-8805 for reservations!

 Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
Thursday, September 25, 2:00 pm (SOLD OUT!)
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm

A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot.  Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose?  
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

 Laser Kids Laser Kids
Thursday, September 25
3:00 pm



"The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Supercalifragilisticsexpialidocious," and "Yellow Submarine," are just a few of the fun tunes in this popular laser concert.
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Monday, October 13
2:00 pm

Blast off on a journey past the Sun and planets, get to know Mr. Moon Rock, and learn what stars are visible in tonight's sky.  A musical adventure with song by Jane Murphy.  (recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights music concert
Monday, October 13
3:00 pm

A laser and video concert featuring songs by mr. RAY (ROY G BIV, Kalien the Alien), Jane Murphy (The Planet Song, Footsteps on the Moon), the Jackson 4 (ABC), and Disney (When You Wish Upon A Star).  Recommended for ages 3-8.
 Fright Light Ghostbusters Fright Light laser concert
Sunday, October 19
3:00 pm

A family-friendly, Halloween laser concert.  This show features the songs "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Purple People Eater," and "Time Warp" from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
the Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Thursday, November 6
2:00 pm

Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more.  Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. 
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet

Thursday, September 25, 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm

A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot.  Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; avoid Jupiter's lightning storms.  Which destination will they choose? 
(Recommended for ages 6-12)

Tycho to the Moon

 Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon

Sunday, November 16
2:00 pm

The program will begin with an exploration of shapes: Are the Moon and its orbit “round” like a ball, or more like a pancake shape? Play connect-the-dots with the stars to find triangles, squares and constellations. Fly around the solar system to learn about the planets. Then we’ll meet Tycho—a dog who doesn’t just howl at the Moon, he wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride and learn about night and day, space travel, the Moon’s phases and features of the lunar surface, and more.
(Recommended for ages 5-10)

Storybooks In Space

Storybooks in Space

Sunday, November 16
3:00 pm

Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8) 
 

 The Alien Who Stole Christmas The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20
Sundays, December 7, 14, 21
2:00 pm

Discover the stars visible in the winter sky.Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him.  The kids on other planets need presents too, you know!  (Recommended for ages 6-10)

Special Events

 
 
 Observatory - small image  
3M Observatory

See the skies through our 16" Meade telescope.  The 3M Observatory is open on clear-sky evenings when we are doing public shows.  
September - There are no public shows nor observing nights.
October through May - the 3M Observatory will be open on Saturday evenings.

There is no additional charge to visit the 3M Observatory.

The Sky Above

Saturn over Puzzle

  

 A planetarium show for families with children on the Autism Spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.

Sunday, October 19
Sunday, November 16
Sunday, December 14
     4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $5.00 per person

All ages are welcome to this one-hour sensory-friendly program. The show will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. The doors will remain open so that children will be able to come and go. Lights will be left dim and audio will be lowered and at a consistent level. The sky show will include: music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations and laser lights.  All material is presented on a very basic level.

Please call 908-231-8805 to make a reservation as we are limiting the number of visitors for each show.

With support from:
     PNC

 

  Autism Ribbon  Family Resources

logo POAC Parents Of Autistic Children   Autism Speaks logo  
Barbara C sitting

 Meditation under the Stars
Come join us and relax...
Release tension and stress listening to a guided meditation while watching the wonders of the Universe drift by overhead.
Led by Relaxation Specialist Barbara Cannell, spend an hour in quiet contemplation.


Wednesday, October 8, 1:15 p.m.
Friday, October 24, 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5,  1:15 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 1:15 pm

Ticket price: $7 per person
                    Free with your RVCC ID

Please arrive a few minutes early.  You can leave early if you need to, but you can't enter once we've begun. 
Bring a sweater or blanket, as it's sometimes cool in the Planetarium.
Bring a yoga mat if you'd like to lay on the floor.

 Observatory - small image Starfield Fall 1  

Astronomy Day

Saturday, October 4
2:00-5:00 pm and 6:00-10:00 pm
     Observatory and Hands-On Activities: Free
     Planetarium shows: $7 per person for one show, $13 per person for two shows on the same day. 

The 3M Observatory will be open in the afternoon (2-5 pm) and evening (6-10 pm).  Safely observe the Sun through our 16" and 8" telescopes.  Be a human sundial.  Other hands-on activities will be available as well.  Sky shows and laser concerts will be presented at the regular admission prices.  Reservations are recommended for the planetarium shows.  Call 908-231-8805.

Planetarium Shows:
Fall Skies at the RVCC Planetarium and 3M Observatory
3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Join us in the Planetarium for a guided tour of the stars of the night sky. 
Learn how we use our 3M Observatory for solar observing during the day and peeks of the Moon and other celestial objects in the evening sky. 

Laser Pop Rock
4:00 p.m.
A family-friendly laser concert with songs by a variety of artists, including "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, "Party Rock" by LMFAO, and "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen.


Laser Grateful Dead
8:00 p.m.
Our newest laser concert!  "Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are some of the classics you'll hear in this great show.
 Hunterdon 300 An Astronomical Journey through Hunterdon County's History
Sponsored by Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee
Friday, October 10
7:00 pm

A unique and special view of various significant events during Hunterdon's 300 years of history:  what did the night sky look like to our forefathers and foremothers when these events were happening (or would have looked like if it was a clear night!).  What would Charles Lindbergh have seen had he viewed the constellations the evening of March 1, 1932, the night of the kidnapping of his son?  or George Washington on the eve of the Crossing of the Delaware on December 24, 1776?  or the date of Hunterdon's incorporation (March 22, 1714)? Truly a unique perspective to talk about our County! 

Register through their website.

   

Admission / General Policies

 
  • No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show or concert has started;
    by order of the Fire Marshall.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Children can not be left unattended in the planetarium.
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time. Shows and Concerts must start on time.
  • Admission is $7.00 per person, per show, all ages, unless otherwise noted.
  • See two programs on the same day and get $1 off the second show.
  • Try a laser concert with 3D glasses for an additional $2
  • Same day Star Show and one Laser Concert for $13.00
  • Groups of 15 or more see both for $12.00 per person
  • General seating reservations will be held until 10 minutes before show time at the Planetarium Gift Shop.
  • Reservations do not guarantee a seat if you are late for the show or concert.

Reservations are recommended for all shows by calling the Planetarium @ 908-231-8805.

 
   

RVCC is located between Routes 78 and 22.
Directions to the College here.
On campus, park in Lot #7 or #1 and proceed up the steps to the Planetarium.


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