Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SUMMER HAS ARRIVED: JULY FUN @ THE RVCC PLANETARIUM

Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!  Most of our astronomy shows will include a 5-minute presentation about what a solar eclipse is and how to view it safely.  New Jersey will see about 75% of the Sun covered by the Moon.


Tuesdays in July

Magic Tree House: Space Mission & Countdown to the Eclipse 

July 11 & 25 at 2:30 p.m

The Little Star that Could & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 18 at 2:30 p.m 

Laser Pop Rock 

July 11, 18, 25 at 3:30 p.m

Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote & Countdown to the Eclipse

July 11, 18, & 25 at 4:30 p.m 

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & recommended ages)


Thursdays in July


Rockin' Rocket Ride

July 6 & 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon

July 20 & 27 at 2:30 p.m.

SkyLights

July 6 at 3:30 p.m.

Storybooks in Space

July 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Laser Kids

July 20 & 27 at 3:30 p.m.

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & age recommendations)


Fridays in July

Kids Shows

Laser Pop Rock 

July 7 at 6 p.m.

Laser Kids

July 14 at 6 p.m.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission & Countdown to the Eclipse 

 July 7 & 14 at 7 p.m.

Adult Astronomy Shows

Countdown to the Eclipse & Astronomy Tonight

July 6 at 8 p.m.

Countdown to the Eclipse & To Worlds Beyond 

July 14 & 21 at 8 p.m.

Adult Laser Shows

Laser Grateful Dead 

July 7 & 21 at 9 p.m.

Best of Pink Floyd 

July 14 at 9 p.m. 

(Visit our website for descriptions of shows & age recommendations)



Saturday, July 8

Rockin' Rocket Ride

2:00 pm 

Skylights  

3:00 pm 



Black Holes & Countdown to the Eclipse 

4:00 pm 

The Sky Above (sensory-friendly program)

5:00 pm 

(Visit our website for full details of shows and age recommendations)


Special Shows This July

Christmas in July

Friday, July 21 

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

6:00 pm 

Winter Wonder Lights

7:00 pm 

(Visit our website for full details and age recommendations


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Happy Birthday Harry Potter

Friday, July 28

The Skies Over Hogwarts

7 & 8 pm 

Fright Light laser concert

6 & 9 pm 

(Visit our website for full details and age recommendations)


Observatory 

Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Friday evenings from sunset to about 10:15 p.m.

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Saturn on PuzzleSensory Friendly Show:  The Sky Above 

Saturday, July 8 at 5:00 pm

A Sensory-Friendly show for visitors with Autism or other developmental disabilities.  Doors remain open.  Lights are kept dim instead of being turned off. 

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Tools 4 School

RVCC and Hunterdon County United Way are partnering to provide basic school supplies to K-12 students in need.

During July and August, Planetarium visitors who bring a donation will receive a
$2 discount on admission tickets(One discount per ticket)

Item suggestions: packages of pens, pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers, composition books, filler paper, folders, glue sticks, pencils sharpeners, Post-It Note pads, pencil case.

Thank you!


What's up in the Sky?

Evening Planets: Jupiter starts the month high in the southwest sky. By the month's end, the giant planet is low in the west-southwest. The crescent Moon is above

Jupiter on July 28. Try to spot Jupiter during the daytime that day! Look with binoculars for the crescent moon before sunset, and then look below the moon for Jupiter.

Saturn starts July in the southwest and moves toward the south by month's end.

Look for Mercury very low in the west-northwest during July's first week. Use binoculars! Mercury reaches it longest elongation east of the Sun on July 30. This evening apparition of Mercury favors the southern hemisphere. Watch Mercury converge on the star Regulus.

Morning Planets: Venus dominates the morning sky. Venus rises two and a half hours before sunrise on July 1 and three hours before sunrise on July 31. With the waning crescent Moon below Venus on July 20, it would be a good day to try and find Venus during daylight hours. Look for the Moon in he sky and then scan above the Moon for Venus.


Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017!  Most of our astronomy shows will include a 5-minute presentation about what a solar eclipse is and how to view it safely.  New Jersey will see about 75% of the Sun covered by the Moon.

First Quarter Moon: July 1

Full Moon: July 9

Last Quarter Moon: July 16

New Moon: July 23

WHERE: Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
908-231-8805
planet@raritanval.edu
www.raritanval.edu/planetarium