A Profusion of Planets
There are 4, yes, four planets you can see in the evening sky! (Technically, you may be able to catch a glimpse of Mercury, but it's so tough, we'll ignore it for now.) Immediately after sunset, you may have noticed a bright light in the western sky. That's Venus. In the southwest, also quite bright, is Jupiter. By 9:30 or 10 pm, you may notice a cream-colored light in the south-southeast. That's Saturn. Around 10 or 10:30 pm, red Mars is shining brightly in the eastern sky. They, and the Moon, lie on or near a line called the Ecliptic—the path our Sun takes across the sky. Looking for all the planets and the Moon, you can draw the ecliptic across the night sky.
Public Shows at the Planetarium
Summer is jam-packed with programs for visitors of all ages!
The shows vary from week to week, so please check our website for the schedule and show descriptions.
WHEN: July 11- August 25, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 2:30 & 3:30 pm; Friday evenings, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 pm, every other Friday morning, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, one Saturday a month, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 pm
WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: $10 per person for one show, $16 per person for two shows on the same day
Reservations are recommended.
Call to make reservations: 908-231-8805
The Skies over Hogwarts
WHEN: Friday, July 27 at 7:00 and 8:00 pm, Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 and 3:00 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-adult.
Reservations are recommended. Call 908-231-8805.
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Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Fridays, July 13 - August 24, from 8:00 p.m. to about 10:00 p.m.
The Sky Above
WHEN: Saturdays, July 28 and August 25, 5 pm
Enjoy music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, Moon, and constellations. Content is presented on a kindergarten level.
RVCC Planetarium offers special astronomy and music shows designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. These sensory-friendly shows, which are appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level.
Call to make a reservation: 908-231-8805
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