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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 
* Night of Lasers  Friday, January 30
* Romancing the Stars  Saturday, February 14
* Couples Double Feature on Valentine's Day

 

Please check the main College page to check for campus-wide closings due to weather. If the college is open, we are open.

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! RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL SHOWS!

 vouchers due to expire on December 21, 2014 will be honored until January 31, 2015.
  • 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

 

 

January           

 Saturdays, Jaunary 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission ALL JAN. DATES SOLD OUT for Magic Tree House
4:00 pm          Laser Magic
7:00 pm          Winter Skies
8:00 pm          Laser Beatles (Jan 3, 17, 31)
8:00 pm          Laser Led Zeppelin (Jan 10 & 24)

Sunday, January 11
2:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
4:30 pm          The Sky Above

NIGHT OF LASERS
Friday, January 30

7:00 pm          Laser Queen
8:15 pm          Laser Modern Rock
9:30 pm          Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
10:45 pm        Pink Floyd's The Wall

the Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (ALL SOLD OUT)
3:00 pm
Sunday, January 11
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. ALL JANUARY DATES SOLD OUT!
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)

laser Beams and Pinwheel

Laser Magic
Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
4:00 pm

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

 

Winter Sky 2013 Feb

Winter Skies
Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
7:00 pm

The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky. Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season.

laser Beatles

Laser Beatles
Saturdays, January 3, 17, 31
8:00 pm

Features songs from throughout the Beatles' long career, including "Twist and Shout," "Help!" and "Revolution."
Song List

Led Zeppelin

Laser Led Zeppelin
Saturdays, January 10 & 24
8:00 pm

Features the group's hit songs "Battle of Evermore," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Houses of the Holy."
Song List

Laser Pop Rock

Laser Pop Rock
Sunday, January 11
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including "Party Rock" by LMFAO, "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go, "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" by the Beatles, and "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO.
Song List

 Night of Lasers NIGHT OF LASERS
Friday, January 30
Come for one or more laser concerts tonight!

7:00 pm          Laser Queen
8:15 pm          Laser Modern Rock
9:30 pm          Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
10:45 pm        Pink Floyd's The Wall

$7 for one show, $13 for two shows, $17 for 3 shows, $21 for all 4 shows  
Laser Queen

 Laser Queen
Friday, January 30
7:00 pm

Some of the hit songs include “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” and “We Are the Champions.” 
Song List 

Laser Modern Rock

Laser Modern Rock
Friday, January 30
8:15 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.
Song List

laser Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Friday, January 30
9:30 pm

Listen to such songs as “Speak To Me,” “Time” and “Brain Damaged” while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
Song List

 

Laser The Wall

Pink Floyd's The Wall
Friday, January 30
10:45 pm

Watch a laser light show choreographed with songs from the album, including "Comfortably Numb," "Goodbye Blue Skies," and "Hey You."
Song List

   

February  

  Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm          The Little Star that Could
4:00 pm          Laser Light Waves
5:15 pm          Romancing the Stars (Feb 14)
7:00 pm          Winter Skies
8:00 pm          Laser ELO (Feb 7 & 21)
8:00 pm          Laser Queen (Feb 14 & 28)
9:00 pm          Romancing the Stars (Feb 14)

Sunday, February 8
2:00 pm          Follow the Drinking Gourd
3:00 pm          Laser Magic
4:30 pm          The Sky Above

Monday, February 16
2:00 pm          Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm          Laser Kids

 Heart and Soul Nebulas Romancing the Stars 

Saturday, February 14
5:15 pm and 9:15 pm
For ages 18 & older (No Children Please)
$15/couple

It's a date night at the Planetarium! Enjoy a light-hearted look at the Universe. Stars, constellations, songs, and stories all celebrate love.

Couples' Double Feature
Couples can see Laser Queen at 8:00 pm and Romancing the Stars at 9:15 pm for the discounted price of $25/couple.

 The Little Star that Could

 The Little Star that Could
Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
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)

 

 Laser Light Waves

 Laser Light Waves
Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae, “Point of No Return” by ELO, and “Build Me up Buttercup” by The Foundations. 
(
Recommended for ages 6 and older)

Song List 

Winter Sky 2013 Feb

Winter Skies
Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00 pm

The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky.  Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season.  Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. 

 ELO logo

Laser ELO
Saturdays, February 7 & 21
8:00 pm

Features the songs “Evil Woman,” “Shine a Little Love,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” and “Don’t Bring Me Down.” 
Song List

 Laser Queen

Laser Queen
Saturdays, February 14 & 28
8:00 pm

Some of the hit songs include “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” and “We Are the Champions.” 
Song List 

 Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Sunday, February 8
2:00 pm

Go back in time as a slave trying to follow the Big Dipper through a frightful but rewarding voyage out of slavery.  Based on Jeanette Winters’ book by the same title, this show describes the astronomy behind the slave song “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” 
(
Recommended for ages 6 and older)

 Laser Magic

Laser Magic
Sunday, February 8
3:00 pm

Features songs by a variety of artists including songs like “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby, “Jungle Love” by the Steve Miller Band, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List 

 Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
Monday, February 16
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; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

 Laser Kids

Laser Kids
Monday, February 16
3:00 pm

Songs include “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Pop Goes the World” by Men Without Hats, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. 
(Recommended for ages 6 and older)
 
Song List 

   
 March

 

Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm          Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
4:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
7:00 pm          Winter & Spring Skies
8:00 pm          Best of Pink Floyd (Mar 7 & 21)
8:00 pm          Laser U2 (Mar 14 & 28)

Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm          SkyLights
4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm 

 Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, "Earth, Moon & Sun" also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

 
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

Features songs by a variety of artists, including LMFAO, One Direction, and Black Eyed Peas.
Song List

 Leo constellation Winter & Spring Skies
 
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
 7:00 pm
 
 
The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky. Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show.
 Best of Pink Floyd Best of Pink Floyd
 
Saturdays, March 7 & 21
 8:00 pm
 
 Lasers dance across the dome while we listen to Pink Floyd songs including "Comfortably numb," "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2," and "Money."
Song List
 Laser U2
  Laser U2
Saturdays, March 14 & 28
8:00 pm 

Somes of U2's more popular songs are included in this show: "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Beautiful Day," and "Unforgettable Fire."
Song List

 
 cartoon Sun
  Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock)
  SkyLights
 
Sunday, March 15
 3:00 pm
 
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
 
   

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!

 Laser Magic

 

Laser Magic
Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
4:00 pm
Sunday, February 8
3:00 pm

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

the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (ALL Magic Tree House SOLD OUT)
3:00 pm
Sunday, January 11
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.  ALL JANUARY DATES SOLD OUT!
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)


Laser Pop Rock
Laser Pop Rock
Sunday, January 11
3:00 pm
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including "Party Rock" by LMFAO, "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go, "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" by the Beatles, and "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO.
Song List 

 The Little Star that Could

 The Little Star that Could
Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
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)

 Laser Light Waves

Laser Light Waves
Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
4:00 pm

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Tonight Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae, “Point of No Return” by ELO, and “Build Me up Buttercup” by The Foundations.  Recommended for ages 6 and older. 
Song List 

 Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd
Sunday, February 8
2:00 pm

Go back in time as a slave trying to follow the Big Dipper through a frightful but rewarding voyage out of slavery.  Based on Jeanette Winters’ book by the same title, this show describes the astronomy behind the slave song “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” 
(Recommended for ages 6 and older)

 Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet
Monday, February 16
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; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will they choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

 Laser Kids

Laser Kids
Monday, February 16
3:00 pm

Songs include “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, “Pop Goes the World” by Men Without Hats, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. 
(Recommended for ages 6 and older)
 
Song List

 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm 

 Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, "Earth, Moon & Sun" also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended for ages 6-12) 

 cartoon Sun   Rockin' Rocket Ride
Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey into Space" by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Mr. Moonrock (from The Moonrock Rock) SkyLights
 
Sunday, March 15
 3:00 pm
 
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by Mr. Ray (Family Ride, Kalien the Alien) and Jane Murphy (Moon Rock Rock, The Planet Song). Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
Song List
   

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. 
January through May 2015 - the 3M Observatory will be open on Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

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, January 11
Sunday, February 8
Sunday, March 15
Sunday, April 19
Sunday, May 17

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Price as of January 1, 2015: $7.00 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.

 
Friday, January 30, 1:15 pm
Friday, February 13, 5:00 pm
Friday, February 27, 1:15 pm
Friday, March 13, 1:15 pm
Friday, March 27, 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.

 Night of Lasers  Night of Lasers
Friday, January 30, 2015
 Come for one or more laser concerts tonight!
7:00 pm    Laser Queen
8:15 pm    Laser Modern Rock
9:30 pm    Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
10:45 pm  Pink Floyd's The Wall

Ticket prices:  $7 for one show, $13 for two shows, $17 for three shows, $21 for all four shows tonight!
 Heart and Soul Nebulas  
Romancing the Stars
Saturday, February 14


For ages 18 & older only, please.
Ticket price:  $15 per couple
5:15 pm and 9:15 pm


It's Date Night at the Planetarium!  Enjoy a light-hearted look at the Universe.  Stars, constellations, stories, and songs all celebrate love.
 Laser Queen Couples Double Feature!
Laser Queen & Romancing the Stars
Couples can see Laser Queen at 8:00 pm and Romancing the Stars at 9:15 pm for the discounted price of $25 per couple.

Reservations are highly recommended for all of our shows.  Call 908-231-8805.
Ages 18 and older only for "Romancing the Stars," please.
   

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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