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 25 Years webRVCC Planetarium
                                                   Public Shows

 
New Slides Gif Admission for programs is $8 for one show and  $14 for two shows on the same day. Pricing applies to all planetarium programs offered.

 

Special Events  

* Total Lunar Eclipse Watch - September 27
* Astronomy Day  - October 17
* Skies over Hogwarts - October 30
* 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: $8 for one show, $14 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

 

 
 September
  Sunday, September 27
9:00 pm- Midnight
Total Lunar Eclipse Watch
 eclipse SPECIAL EVENT

Total Lunar Eclipse Watch
Sunday, September 27
9:00 pm- Midnight

Watch the Full Moon glide into Earth's shadow! The 3M Observatory will be open this evening. If the weather is poor, we'll live-stream the event from another location into our planetarium.
   
 October
 Monday, October 12
 
2:00 pm          Rockin' Rocket Ride
 3:00 pm          Storybooks in Space
 
 Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
 
3:00 pm          AstronoMyths
 4:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
 7:00 pm          Fall Skies
 8:00 pm          Laser Beatles (Oct 3)
 8:00 pm          Laser Grateful Dead (Oct 10)
 8:00 pm          Rock of Ages (Oct 17)

2:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm
Astronomy Day (Oct 17 only)

 Saturdays, October 24 & 31
 
3:00 pm          Spooky Skies
 4:00 pm          Fright Light (family version)
 7:00 pm          Spooky Skies
 8:00 pm          Fright Light (PG-13 version)
 
 Friday, October 30
 
7:00 pm          Skies over Hogwarts
 8:00 pm          Skies over Hogwarts
 9:00 pm          Fright Light (PG-13 version)
 
 Sunday, October 11
 
2:00 pm          Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 3:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
 4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 
NOTE: Beginning in October, pricing for programs will be $13 to $14 for two shows on the same day. Pricing applies to all planetarium programs offered. 
 family at RVCC Planetarium SPECIAL EVENT
 
Astronomy Day
Saturday, October 17
2:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for hands-on activities celebrating Astronomy, Science, and the Planetarium's 25th Anniversary! Observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through our telescopes. Use your body to tell time on a sundial.

This event is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older.
Activities are FREE. Planetarium shows and laser concerts cost an additional fee.
 cartoon Sun Rockin' Rocket Ride
Monday, October 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)
 Storybooks In Space Storybooks in Space
Monday, October 12
3:00 pm
 
Enjoy story time in the planetarium as we learn about the stars and planets.
(Recommended for ages 4-8)
 Astronomyths AstronoMyths
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
3:00 pm

The Autumn skies are full of myth and science. Learn some of the Greek mythology associated with the constellations, then look beyond the stories to discover the deep space objects hidden within: binary star systems, star clusters, and giant galaxies. 
(Recommended ages 8 and older)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
4:00 pm
Sunday, October 11
3:00 pm

Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “Here It Goes Again” by OK Go, “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” by the Beatles and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO.
(Recommended ages 6 and older)
Song List

 Starfield Fall 1 Fall Skies
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
7:00 pm

Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome with an expert guide. Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible tonight. The constellations Andromeda, Pegasus, and Cassiopeia are some of the easy-to-find patterns. The 3M Observatory will be open after the show, weather permitting.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult) 

 laser Beatles Laser Beatles
 Saturday, October 3
8:00 pm

 Song List

 Laser Grateful Dead Laser Grateful Dead
 Saturday, October 10
8:00 pm
 
:Truckin'," "Touch of Grey," and "Sugar Magnolia" are a few of the classics in this concert.
Song List
 Laser Rock of Ages Rock of Ages
 Saturday, October 17
8:00 pm
 
Sing along with musical hits drawn from the popular Broadway show and movie.
Song List
 Spooky Skies
Spooky Skies
Saturdays, October 24 & 31
3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Spooky Skies takes viewers back to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then goes into the heavens to draw parallels between some celestial objects and famous monsters. What does a werewolf have on an inescapable Black Hole, a noxious and deadly planet like Venus, or a crushing, dangerous supernova
(Recommended ages 8 and older)

 Fright Light Ghostbusters Fright Light family laser concert
Saturdays, October 24 & 31
4:00 pm

Listen to songs such as “Alive” by Meatloaf and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
(Recommended ages 6 and older)
Song List

 Fright Light werewolf Fright Light laser concert (PG-13)
Saturdays, October 24 & 31
8:00 pm
Friday, October 30
9:00 pm

Listen to a variety of songs appropriate for Halloween, including “Alive” by Meatloaf, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and Weird Al’s “The Night Santa Went Crazy.” The show is not recommended for young viewers who are easily scared.
(Recommended ages 13 and older) 
Song List

 
 hogwarts
SPECIAL EVENT
 
  Skies over Hogwarts
Friday, October 30
7:00 pm & 8:00 pm 

 Join our eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names.
 (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
 the Magic Tree House Magic Tree House: Space Mission
 
Sunday, October 11
2:00 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)
   
 November  Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
3:00 pm          AstronoMyths
4:00 pm          Laser Pop Rock
7:00 pm          Fall Skies
8:00 pm          Laser Led Zeppelin (Nov 7)
8:00 pm          Laser Queen (Nov 14)
8:00 pm          Laser Modern Rock  (Nov 21)

Thursday, November 5
 
2:00 pm         The Little Star that Could
 3:00 pm         Laser Pop Rock
 
 Sunday, November 22
 
2:00 pm          Perfect Little Planet
 3:00 pm          Earth, Moon, and Sun and Coyote
 4:30 pm          The Sky Above
 Astronomyths AstronoMyths
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
3:00 pm

The Autumn skies are full of myth and science. Learn some of the Greek mythology associated with the constellations, then look beyond the stories to discover the deep space objects hidden within: binary star systems, star clusters, and giant galaxies. 
(Recommended ages 8 and older)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
4:00 pm
Thursday, November 5
3:00 pm 
 
Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “Here It Goes Again” by OK Go, “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” by the Beatles and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO.
(Recommended ages 6 and older)
Song List
 Starfield Fall 1 Fall Skies
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
7:00 pm

Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome with an expert guide. Learn what stars, planets, and constellations are visible tonight. The constellations Andromeda, Pegasus, and Cassiopeia are some of the easy-to-find patterns. The 3M Observatory will be open after the show, weather permitting.
(Recommended for ages 10 to adult) 

 Led Zeppelin Laser Led Zeppelin
Saturday, November 7
 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 Queen Laser Queen
 
Saturday, November 14
 9:00 pm
 
 Song List
 Laser Modern Rock Laser Modern Rock
Saturday, November 21
9:00 pm

This laser concert includes artists from the 1990's to today. "Fever," by The Black Keys, "Sky Full of Stars," by Coldplay, "Best Day of my Life," by American Authors, and "Radioactive," by Imagine Dragons are some of the songs you'll hear.
Song List
 The Little Star that Could The Little Star that Could
Thursday, November 5
2:00 pm

Little Star discovers different kinds of stars in the galaxy, but only the most special have planets around them.
(Recommended ages 6-12)  
 Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
 
Sunday, November 22
 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)
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth, Moon, and Sun and Coyote
 
Sunday, November 22
 3:00 pm
 
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles, and examine how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended ages 8-12)
   
 December  Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
2:00 pm          The Alien who Stole Christmas
3:00 pm          Winter Wonder Lights
4:00 pm          December Skies

Sundays, December 6, 13, 20
2:00 pm          The Alien who Stole Christmas
3:00 pm          Winter Wonder Lights
4:30 pm          The Sky Above (Dec 13 only)
 The Alien Who Stole Christmas The Alien who Stole Christmas
 
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
 2:00 pm
 Sundays, December 6, 13, 20
 2:00 pm
 
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know!

(Recommended for ages 6-10)
 laser Bells Winter Wonder Lights
 
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
 3:00 pm
 Sundays, December 6, 13, 20
 3:00 pm
 
 Listen to holiday hits such as "Wizards in Winter," "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," and "Dominic the Donkey."
 Song List
 galaxy
December Skies
 
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
 4:00 pm
 
 Discover the stars and constellations we can see tonight.
 (Recommended ages 10 to adult)
   

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!

 family at RVCC Planetarium SPECIAL EVENT
 
Astronomy Day
Saturday, October 17
2:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for hands-on activities celebrating Astronomy, Science, and the Planetarium's 25th Anniversary! Observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through our telescopes. Use your body to tell time on a sundial.

This event is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older.
Activities are FREE. Planetarium shows and laser concerts cost an additional fee.
 hogwarts SPECIAL EVENT
 
  Skies over Hogwarts
Friday, October 30
7:00 pm & 8:00 pm 

 Join our eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names.
 (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
 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
Sunday, October 11
2:00 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
Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
2:00 pm
Monday, October 12
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)
 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
Sunday, November 22
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
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
 Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
 3:00 pm
Monday, October 12
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
Thursday, November 5
2:00 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) 
 Astronomyths AstronoMyths
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
3:00 pm
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
3:00 pm

The Autumn skies are full of myth and science. Learn some of the Greek mythology associated with the constellations, then look beyond the stories to discover the deep space objects hidden within: binary star systems, star clusters, and giant galaxies. 
(Recommended ages 8 and older)
 Laser Pop Rock Laser Pop Rock
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17
4:00 pm
Sunday, October 11
3:00 pm
Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21
4:00 pm
Thursday, November 5
3:00 pm 
 
Enjoy a laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists, including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “Here It Goes Again” by OK Go, “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” by the Beatles and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO.
(Recommended ages 6 and older)
Song List
 Spooky Skies
Spooky Skies
Saturdays, October 24 & 31
3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
 
Spooky Skies takes viewers back to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then goes into the heavens to draw parallels between some celestial objects and famous monsters. What does a werewolf have on an inescapable Black Hole, a noxious and deadly planet like Venus, or a crushing, dangerous supernova
(Recommended ages 8 and older)
 Fright Light Ghostbusters Fright Light family laser concert
Saturdays, October 24 & 31
4:00 pm
 
Listen to songs such as “Alive” by Meatloaf and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead.
(Recommended ages 6 and older)
Song List
 Earth Moon Sun and Coyote Earth, Moon, and Sun and Coyote
 
Sunday, November 22
 3:00 pm
 
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories, explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles, and examine how humans learn through space exploration.
(Recommended ages 8-12)
 The Alien Who Stole Christmas The Alien who Stole Christmas
 
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
 2:00 pm
 Sundays, December 6, 13, 20
 2:00 pm
 
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets need presents too, you know!

(Recommended for ages 6-10)
 laser Bells Winter Wonder Lights
 
Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19
 3:00 pm
 Sundays, December 6, 13, 20
 3:00 pm
 
 Listen to holiday hits such as "Wizards in Winter," "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," and "Dominick the Donkey."
 Song List
   

Special Events

 
 eclipse
Total Lunar Eclipse Watch
Sunday, September 27
9:00 pm- Midnight

Watch the Full Moon glide into Earth's shadow! The 3M Observatory will be open this evening. If the weather is poor, we'll live-stream the event from another location into our planetarium. 
 family at RVCC Planetarium Astronomy Day
Saturday, October 17
2:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for hands-on activities celebrating Astronomy, Science, and the Planetarium's 25th Anniversary! Observe the Sun (safely) and the Moon through our telescopes. Use your body to tell time on a sundial.

This event is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older.
Activities are FREE. Planetarium shows and laser concerts cost an additional fee.
 hogwarts   Skies over Hogwarts
Friday, October 30
7:00 pm & 8:00 pm 

 Join our eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names.
 (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
 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: Friday evenings in August: Will be OPEN if skies remain clear enough tonight.
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, October 11
Sunday, November 22
Sunday, December 13 

4:30 p.m.
 
Ticket Price: $8.00 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  
 Barbara 2015 small

 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. The meditation is recommended for teens and adults.

Friday, August 28, 5:00 pm
Friday, September 11, 1:15 pm
Friday, September 18, 1:15 pm
Friday, October 2, 1:15 pm
Friday, October 9, 1:15 pm
Friday, October 16, 7:00 pm
Friday, October 23, 1:15 pm
Friday, October 30, 1:15 pm


Ticket price: $8 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.
Meditation requires quiet and being still for an hour in this program. This may not suitable for children to attend.   

   

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 $8.00 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 $14.00
  • Groups of 15 or more see both for $13.00 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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