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PR # 161 February 26, 2009


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

This season?s newest offering, Infinity Express, features the Planetarium?s new technology, which offers six powerful high-definition projectors that combine real images with computer animation to create an immersive, Imax-like experience.

The following shows will be offered:

Infinity Express & Spring Skies?Enjoy two shows together for the price of one in a 40-minute experience: Saturdays, March 21-May 16, 3 p.m.; both shows will be repeated at 7 p.m. (no shows on April 11)

A remarkable blend of science, art and entertainment, Infinity Express takes the audience on an exciting journey of discovery?from the search for solar systems to the mapping of the Universe. The show dramatically communicates science?s latest breakthroughs in man?s quest to understand the Cosmos.

Spring Skies offers insight into locating the sky?s celestial wonders. Leo the Lion is in the southern sky, while Ursa Major is high in the north. Saturn, the ringed planet, is the brightest planet in the night sky.

Endless Photons Laser Concert: Saturdays, March 21-May 16, 4 p.m. (no shows on April 11)

Enjoy a laser concert featuring favorite songs from the past four decades.

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

Led Zeppelin: March 21, April 25 Rock of Ages (pop and rock classics): March 28, May 2 U2: April 4, May 9 Pink Floyd?The Wall: April 18, May 16

Children?s Shows:

The Planetarium also will offer the following shows geared specifically for children. The following shows will be presented on Sunday, April 19:

Space Bus: 2 p.m.

Climb aboard the Space Bus with Stella and her classmates as they go on a field trip through the solar system. What will the kids do when the bus breaks down near Pluto? (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Laser Kids: 3 p.m.

Listen to songs such as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: 4 p.m.

Two children tour the solar system in just one night with the help of their astronomy book. (Recommended for ages 6-10)

Reservations are recommended for all shows. All Planetarium shows cost $6 each or $10 for two shows on the same day, unless noted otherwise. For additional 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 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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