Thursday, February 4, 2016


Planet Tours for Kids.  Date Night for Adults.  And, of course, laser concerts!

Romancing the Stars in February

February is the perfect month to fall in love with the Planetarium.  Families will want to join an alien family taking a vacation in "Perfect Little Planet."  Laser Queen and Laser Led Zeppelin will rock your Saturday nights.  Adult couples-only for our "Romancing the Stars" show on Saturday, February 13.  Seats are limited!

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Romancing The Stars

WHEN: Date Night! Saturday, February 13, 7 p.m.
RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: $15 per couple 

For ages 16 and older.  No children please.

"Romancing the Stars" takes couples on a love-themed tour of the night sky for a light-hearted look at the Universe.  Songs and stories all celebrate love.

Perfect Little Planet & Laser Magic

Saturday afternoon shows just for the family. 

WHEN: "Perfect Little Planet" at 3:00 pm; "Laser Magic" at 4:00 pm

(recommended for ages 6 and older)


Exploding Universe 

WHEN: Saturdays, Feb 6, 20, & 27, 7:00 pm

Discover how the Universe has transformed and nature has participated in rebirth and renewal.

(Recommended for ages 10 to adult)


Laser Shows for Adults

Laser Led Zeppelin
WHEN: Saturday, February 6 & 20, 8:00 pm

Laser Queen
WHEN: Saturday, February 13 & 27, 8:00 pm



Saturn on Puzzle

The Sky Above 

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 5:00 pm

A Sensory-Friendly show for visitors with Autism or other developmental disabilities.



What's up in the Sky?

Jupiter is moving into our evening skies. In the beginning of February, Jupiter rises about three hours before sunset. By the end of the month, our solar system's largest planet is rising just about a half an hour after sunset. 

If you missed the morning planet extravaganza in January, never fear! Five morning planets are near! All five naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) can be seen in the sky simultaneously for most of the month. 

The first planet to disappear from the scene is the closest plant to our Sun, Mercury. By the last week February, Mercury will be lost to the rising Sun's glare.

Venus rises in the southeast about two hours before sunrise at the start of the month and about one hour before sunrise by the month's end.

Saturn and Mars are moving towards each other. The gap between the pair shrinks throughout the course of the month. 

Watch for the zodiacal light in the west at the end of the last week in February and the first week of March. The zodiacal light is a faint glow in the sky caused by interplanetary dust particles. It's only visible under very dark sky conditions. The zodiacal light will look like a faint cone of light coming up from the horizon and pointing along the ecliptic. 

  • Last Quarter Moon:February 1
  • New Moon: February 8
  • First Quarter: February 15
  • Full Moon: February 22