Planetarium to Present Star Shows, Laser Rock Concerts, Children’s Programs in March

Monday, February 12, 2018
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From laser concerts featuring music by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to star shows about the night sky and special children’s programs, the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College has offerings for the entire family in March. The following shows will be presented:

Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon laser concert, Saturdays, March 3 & 10, 8 p.m.
Listen to songs from one of Pink Floyd’s hit albums and watch lasers dance on the Planetarium dome overhead. Featured songs include “Time,” “Money,” and “Eclipse.”

Perfect Little Planet, Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 3 p.m.
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 the family choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Pop Rock, Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 4 p.m.
Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome while music is played. Selections include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

From Earth to the Universe, Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, 7 p.m.
Learn which stars and constellations are visible in tonight’s sky, then take an “Astronomy 101” class in under an hour. The sky always has been a place of wonder to man. Philosophers and scientists, from the Greeks to Galileo, began to unravel some of its mysteries and the invention of the telescope has allowed for still more discoveries. Fly by all the planets in our solar system, then travel beyond to view the birthplace and death of stars, and still farther to the myriad galaxies in our Universe. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Laser Led Zeppelin, Saturdays, March 17 & 24, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring such Led Zeppelin hits as “Battle of Evermore,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Houses of the Holy.”

Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for young people, the show features selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Saturday, March 24, 4 p.m.
The youngest audience members (and their families) can sing along to 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 others feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



February 12, 2018

Media contact: Donna Stolzer, 908-526-1200, ext. 8383

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