WHERE: 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
ADMISSION: Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $16 for two shows on the same day.
For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.
The March lineup at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium includes special Spanish-language stars shows and a laser concert. The following programs will be offered at the Planetarium in Branchburg:
Perfect Little Planet
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 3 p.m.
A family from another star 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 Pop Rock, Saturdays
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 4 p.m.
Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome overhead while music is played. Songs include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, and "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)
Saturdays, March 2, 9, 30, 8 p.m.
Singers Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Beyoncé, and Shakira are just of few of the ladies whose music is highlighted in this new laser concert.
From Earth to the Universe
Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, 7 p.m.
The sky has been a place of wonder. Philosophers and scientists, from the Greeks to Galileo, began to unravel some of its mysteries. The invention of the telescope has allowed for still more discoveries. Fly by all the planets in our solar system, then travel beyond to view the birthplace and death of stars, and still farther to the myriad galaxies in our Universe. The program includes a brief tour of the current night sky. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)
Saturdays, March 16 & 23, 8 p.m.
Lasers dance on the Planetarium dome overhead as audience members listen to some of Coldplay’s hit songs including “Yellow,” “Lovers in Japan,” “In My Place,” and “Clocks.”
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket / El secreto del cohete de carton Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Presented in Spanish, the star show offers an adventure through the solar system in a cardboard rocket. Travel with two children and their navigator, the talking astronomy book. Visit the Sun, the planets, the Moon and more. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
From Earth to the Universe / De la Tierra al universo
Friday, March 22, 8 p.m.
Presented in Spanish, the star show features information about philosophers and scientists, from the Greeks to Galileo, who began to unravel some of the Universe’s mysteries. The invention of the telescope has allowed for still more discoveries. Fly by all the planets in our solar system, then travel beyond to view the birthplace and death of stars, and still farther to the myriad galaxies in our Universe. The program includes a brief tour of the current night sky. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)
La Musica laser concert
Friday, March 22, 9 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of songs—all sung in Spanish. Artists include Calle 13, Bad Bunny, Prince Royce, Shakira, and Santana.
Rockin’ Rocket Ride
Saturday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for young people, the show features selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)
Saturday, March 30, 4 p.m.
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while others feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)