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PR # 109 December 15, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will hold a unique event on January 9 to commemorate a special anniversary in scientific discovery. The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of when Galileo Galilei first used a telescope to look into space. Galileo, as he is known, is often called the father of modern astronomy.

The event is being presented by The Theatre at RVCC in cooperation with the RVCC Planetarium. It is geared for audiences ages eight to adult.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with The Legacy of Galileo: An Encounter with Genius , presented by Parnassus Productions at The Theatre at RVCC. The one-man show by Rusty Bynum stars Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus Roy Henderson.

Following the show the celebration will continue outside the Planetarium building, where telescopes will be set up as local astronomers describe the sights visible overhead. Inside, visitors will ?fly? to Jupiter using the Planetarium?s new immersive video system. The program will include a recreation of Galileo?s observations of this giant planet as he discovered its four largest moons.

Tickets for the entire evening of programs cost $20 and $25. For reservations, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 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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