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PR # 114 December 20, 2007


Spend your weekends this winter at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. The Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts from January through March for audiences of all ages. The following shows will be offered:

The Winter Skies: Saturdays, January 12-March 15, 3 & 7 p.m.

The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky. Learn how to use Orion as a guidepost to find other stars and constellations during this season?s crisp, clear nights. Discover more about the lunar eclipse in February and learn where to look for Mars and Saturn.

Laser America: Saturdays, January 12-March 15, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring such songs as ?The Star Spangled Banner? and ?God Bless the USA.?

Laser Concerts: 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Led Zeppelin: January 12, February 9, March 8
ELO: January 19, February 16, March 15
Beatles: Sgt. Pepper: January 26, February 23
Pink Floyd: The Wall: February 2, March 1

Children?s Shows

The Planetarium also will offer the following shows geared specifically for children:

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Sunday, February 17, 2 p.m.

Two children build a rocket out of a cardboard box and tour the solar system with their astronomy book. They?ll fly past the Sun, planets, asteroids and the Moon. Did they really see it all in just one night? What is their secret? (Recommended for ages 6-9)

Laser Kids: Sunday, February 17, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs like ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? the ?Adams Family? theme song and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-9)

Rockin? Rocket Ride: Sunday, March 9, 2 and 3 p.m.

Put on your spacesuit and blast off into outer space. Catchy songs help guide us through the solar system and past the Moon. See which constellations are visible tonight before heading back to Earth. The program offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from the CD Journey into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 6 and under)

The Planetarium is also offering School Break Shows (open to the public) that are geared for children:

Gordon and Grandma Explore the Moon: Monday, February 18, 2 p.m.

Prepare yourself for the week?s Total Lunar Eclipse. Gordon?s Grandma helps him with his report on the Moon by explaining its phases, eclipses, history and more. (Recommended for ages 8-12)

Laser Kids: Monday, February 18, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs like ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,? the ?Adams Family? theme song and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-9)

Reservations are recommended for all shows. All Planetarium shows cost $5 each or $9 for two shows on the same day, unless noted otherwise. For addition information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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