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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

 

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!

 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

 

 

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)

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.

Song List

 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.

Song List

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) 
 

   

 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.
   

January           

 Saturdays, Jaunary 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
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
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.  
(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

Song List

Led Zeppelin

Laser Led Zeppelin

Saturdays, January 10 & 24
8:00 pm

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

Laser Queen

Laser Queen
Friday, January 30
7:00 pm

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

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 Beams and Pinwheel Laser Magic 

Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22
4:00 pm
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  

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)
the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Saturdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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. 
(Recommended for ages 5 and older)


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

   

Special Events

 
 
 laser Beams and Nebulae 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

 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, November 16
Sunday, December 14
Sunday, January 11
Sunday, February 8
Sunday, March 15
Sunday, April 19
Sunday, May 17

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $5.00 per person
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, November 21, 1:15 pm
Wednesday, December 3, 1:15 pm
Monday, December 15, 1:15 pm
Monday, January 12, 1:15 pm
Friday, January 30, 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
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.
   
   

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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