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 25 Years webRVCC Planetarium
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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 

 

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!


  • 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: The planetarium has become VERY popular! If you have made reservations
    and need to change or cancel them, please call ahead and let us know. Otherwise we will be expecting
    your arrival 20-30 minutes before the show with the number of people reserved.

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

 

 
   
 July
 Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 pm         Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm         Laser Magic
 
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
2:00 pm         Rockin' Rocket Ride (July 8 is SOLD OUT)
3:00 pm         SkyLights

Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
2:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 pm          Laser Magic
4:15 pm          Black Holes (Jul 23 only)

Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
7:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission (Jul 10 & 24)
7:00 pm          Exploding Universe (Jul 17 & 31)
8:00 pm          Summer Skies
9:00 pm          Laser ELO (Jul 10)
9:00 pm          Laser Modern Rock (Jul 17)
9:00 pm          Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (Jul 24)
9:00 pm          Classic Rock (Jul 31)

Sunday, July 12
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm          Storybooks in Space
4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 pm
 
A family from another solar 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 the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Laser Magic Laser Magic
 
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
 3:00 pm
 Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
 3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including "We Are All Made of Stars" by Moby, "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO,  "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors, and "Let It Go," sung by Idina Menzel.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List 

 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
 
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 (July 8 is SOLD OUT)
 2:00 pm
 Sunday, July 12
 2:00 pm
 
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. The show offers 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
 
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
 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, while other songs feature video images.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 
Song List
 
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
 
Sunday, July 12
 3:00 pm
 
Enjoy story time in the planetarium as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8)
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
 2:00 pm
 Fridays, July 10 & 24
 7:00 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)
 Black Holes Black Holes
 
Thursday, July 23
 4:15 pm
 
 Black Holes takes audience members on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. The show--a new offering at the RVCC Planetarium--takes full advantage of the facility's AllDome High Definition digital projection system. Participants take a virtual tour through space and explore the science and mystery of black holes: Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? The Black Holes show is partially funded by NJ Space Grant Consortium.
 (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 Alpha Centauri planet artwork by ESO, L. Calçada, N. Risinger Exploding Universe
 
Fridays, July 17 & 31
 7:00 pm
 
 The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. As the universe has transformed into its current state, even the most elementary particles have endured. The show follows the path of one of these "particles," the proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal.
 (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 Big Dipper Summer Skies
 
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
 8:00 pm
 
 Discover what stars and constellations are in tonight's sky. Learn how to find the Summer Triangle and the Big Dipper, as well as the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. It's also the "Summer of Pluto." The New Horizons space craft is flying by the dwarf planet in July. We'll include updates in our show as they become available. The 3M Observatory will be open after the show, weather permitting.
(Recommended ages 10 to adult)
 ELO logo Laser ELO
Friday, July 10
9:00 pm

"Do Ya" like laser concerts? Want a "Ticket to the Moon?" Have your reached your "Point of No Return?" Then you must be ready for the ELO Laser Concert!

Song List
 Laser Modern Rock Laser Modern Rock
Friday, July 17
9:00 pm

All songs in this laser concert were released in the last few years. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy, and "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors are just a few of the hits in this show.

Song List 
 laser Pink Floyd Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
 
Friday, July 24
 9:00 pm
 
 Enjoy a laser concert featuring songs from Pink Floyd's classic album, including "Speak to Me/Breathe," "Money," and "Brain Damaged."
 
Song List
 laser Classic Rock Classic Rock
Friday, July 31
9:00 pm
 
Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs, including "Touch of Gray" (Grateful Dead), "Houses of the Holy" (Led Zeppelin), "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen), "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth" (Meatloaf), "Come Sail Away" (Styx), and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Beatles).
 
Song List
   
 August
 Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
2:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
3:00 pm          The Little Star that Could
 
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00 pm          Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm          Laser Magic
 
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride
3:00 pm          Storybooks in Space
4:15 pm          Perfect Little Planet (Aug 20 only)
 
Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission (Aug 7 & 21)
7:00 pm          Exploding Universe (Aug 14 & 28)
8:00 pm          Summer Skies
9:00 pm          Classic Rock (Aug 7)
9:00 pm          Laser Led Zeppelin (Aug 14)
9:00 pm          Laser Modern Rock (Aug 21)
9:00 pm          Laser ELO (Aug 28)
 
Sunday, August 9
2:00 pm          Perfect Little Planet
3:00 pm          Laser Magic
4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
 2:00 pm
 Fridays, August 7 & 21
 7:00 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
 
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
 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 the Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star's surprise when he discovers that several planets already orbit him! This 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)
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00pm
Sunday, August 9
2:00 pm
Thursday, August 20
 4:15 pm
 
A family from another solar 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 the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Laser Magic  Laser Magic
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
3:00 pm
Sunday, August 9
3:00 pm
 
 Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including "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" sung by Idina Menzel.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 
Song List
  
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
 
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
  2:00 pm

Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun, and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy.
(Recommended for ages 3-8)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
 
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
  3:00 pm
 
 Enjoy story time in the planetarium as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8) 
 Alpha Centauri planet artwork by ESO, L. Calçada, N. Risinger Exploding Universe
 
Fridays, August 14 & 28
 7:00 pm
 
The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. As the universe has transformed into its current state, even the most elementary particles have endured. The show follows the path of one of these "particles," the proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)
 Big Dipper Summer Skies
 
Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28
 8:00 pm
 
Discover what stars and constellations are in tonight's sky. Learn how to find the Summer Triangle and the Big Dipper, as well as the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. It's also the "Summer of Pluto." The New Horizons space craft is flying by the dwarf planet in July. We'll include updates in our show as they become available. The 3M Observatory will be open after the show, weather permitting.
(Recommended ages 10 to adult)
 laser Classic Rock Classic Rock
 
Friday, August 7
 9:00 pm
 
 Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs, including "Touch of Gray" (Grateful Dead), "Houses of the Holy" (Led Zeppelin), "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen), "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth" (Meatloaf), "Come Sail Away" (Styx), and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Beatles).

  Song List
 Led Zeppelin Laser Led Zeppelin
 
Friday, August 14
 9:00 pm
 
 Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring several of the group's hit songs, such as "Battle of Evermore," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Houses of the Holy."
 
 Song List
 Laser Modern Rock Laser Modern Rock
 
Friday, August 21
 9:00 pm
 
 All songs in this laser concert were released in the last few years. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" by Fall Out Boy, and "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors are just a few of the hits in this show.

Song List 
 ELO logo Laser ELO
 
Friday, August 28
 9:00 pm
 
 "Do Ya" like laser concerts? Want a "Ticket to the Moon?" Have your reached your "Point of No Return?" Then you must be ready for the ELO Laser Concert!

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!

 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
2:00 pm
Fridays, July 10 & 24
7:00 pm
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
2:00 pm
Fridays, August 7 & 21
7:00 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)

cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride

Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 (July 8 is SOLD OUT)
2:00 pm
Sunday, July 12
2:00 pm
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
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

Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
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
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
2:00 pm
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
2:00pm
Sunday, August 9
2:00 pm
Thursday, August 20
4:15 pm
 
A family from another solar 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 the family choose?
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
 Laser Magic Laser Magic
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
3:00 pm
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
3:00 pm
Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
3:00 pm
Sunday, August 9
3:00 pm
 
Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including "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," sung by Idina Menzel.
(Recommended for ages 6-12)
Song List
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
 
Sunday, July 12
 3:00 pm
 Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
 3:00 pm
 
Enjoy story time in the planetarium as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8) 
 The Little Star that Could The Little Star that Could
 
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25
 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 the Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star's surprise when he discovers that several planets already orbit him! This 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) 
   

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. 
July & August 2015 - the 3M Observatory will be open on Friday evenings, weather permitting.

There is no additional charge to visit the 3M Observatory.
The observatory is currently: 7/24/15 - Will be open as long as skies remain clear after dark.
Check back for updates for future dates.

The Sky Above

Saturn over Puzzle

  

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


Sunday, July 12
Sunday, August 9

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  
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 Meditation under the Stars
Come join us and relax...
Release tension and stress listening to a guided meditation while overhead the digital dome transforms into a flight through the Universe.
Led by Relaxation Specialist Barbara Cannell, spend an hour in quiet contemplation.


Friday, June 26, 7:00 pm
Friday, July 10, 1:15 pm
Monday, July 13, 7:00 pm
Friday, July 17, 1:15 pm
Friday, July 31, 5:00 pm
Friday, August 7, 1:15 pm
Friday, August 14, 1:15 pm
Monday, August 17, 7:00 pm
Friday, August 28, 5:00 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.

   

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.
    PLEASE NOTE: The planetarium has become VERY popular! If you have made reservations
    and need to change or cancel them, please call ahead and let us know. Otherwise we will be expecting
    your arrival 20-30 minutes before the show with the number of people reserved.

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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