WHERE: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
* Public shows resume July 10
* MOON DAY coming July 20!
* New laser concerts!
* The Skies over Hogwarts returns July 26 & July 27
* Monthly Sky Highlights
Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Throughout July, we celebrate this amazing event, accomplished by the work of 400,000 people here on Earth. We have new exhibits and new shows to share with you. Come visit!
Public programming resumes on July 10.
Wednesdays: 2:30 and 3:30 pm
Thursdays: 2:30 and 3:30 pm
Fridays: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 pm
Saturdays: July 20, 27, and August 24
The show schedule changes slightly each week. Please check our PUBLIC SHOWS website for details.
ADMISSION: $10 per person for one show, $16 per person for two shows on the same day. Use code STAR1 when you purchase your ticket for a $2 per person discount. Reservations are recommended. Call to make reservations: 908-231-8805
Rockin' Rocket Ride
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, at 2:30 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 Jan Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)
Wednesdays, July 10, 24, at 3:30 pm
Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY and Jane Murphy. Some songs are illustrated with lasers and other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)
Thursdays, July 11,18, and 25, at 2:30 pm, Saturday, July 20, at 3:00 pm
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. But what does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of "Chad," a test astronaut. Then explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. The presentation is made possible with a grant from FirstEnergy Foundation. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)
Kids Jam laser concert
Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, at 3:30 pm
A new mix of music with a long list to entertain kids and kids at heart while lasers dance on the dome overhead. Songs include "Bright" by Echosmith, "YMCA" by The Village People, "Mia" by Bad Bunny, and "Waka Waka" by Shakira. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Fridays, July 12 and 19, at 7:00 pm
Join 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"? This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5-12)
First and Farthest
Fridays, July 12 and 19, at 8:00 pm, Saturday, July 20, at 4:00 pm
From he first rockets to the first man on the Moon, "First and Farthest" celebrates humanity's great accomplishments in the Space Race. This show will bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring our universe. This presentation is made possible with a grant from NASA's New Jersey Space Grant Consortium. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)
Saturday, July 20, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing!
Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Join us to explore a variety of hands-on lunar activities, "Many Inspired Steps," an exhibit describing the many accomplishments over centuries that led to rockets and trips to the Moon, and planetarium shows exploring the Moon and space travel. Activities are free, but regular admission applies for planetarium shows.
Saturday, July 20
2:00 pm Earth, Moon, Sun, and Coyote
3:00 pm Astronaut
4:00 pm First and Farthest
Summer Laser Concerts
Kids Jam laser concert
Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 3:30 pm
Hear a new mix of music with a song list to entertain kids and kids at heart while lasers dance on the dome overhead. Songs include "Bright" by Echosmith, "YMCA" by the Village People, "Mia" by Bad Bunny, and "Waka Waka" by Shakira.
Rockin' Cosmic laser concert
Fridays, July 12 and 19, 9:00 pm
Join us for a space-themed laser concert as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing this month. Songs include "ET" by Katy Perry, "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, "Drops of Jupiter" by Train, and "Rocket Man" by Elton John.
Friday, July 26, at 9:00 pm, and Saturday, July 27, at 4:00 pm
Themes from some of your favorite movies have inspired this laser concert, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pink Panther, Star Wars, and Beverly Hills Cop.
Laser Bon Jovi
Fridays, August 2 and 16, 9:00 pm
The music of New Jersey's own Jon Bon Jovi is the star of this new laser concert. Sing along with some of their greatest hits, like "Bad Medicine," "Runaway," "Livin' on a Prayer," and "Wanted Dead or Alive."
Fridays, August 9 and 23, 9:00 pm
New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen is the inspiration for this new laser concert. It features a dozen of The Boss's hit songs.
ADMISSION: $10 per person for one show; $16 per person for two shows on the same day. Use code STAR1 when you purchase your ticket for a $2 per person discount. Reservations are recommended. Call to make reservations: 908-231-8805
The Skies over Hogwarts
Friday, July 26 at 7:00 and 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 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)
Friday, July 26 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 4:00 pm
Themes from some of your favorite movies have inspired this laser concert, included Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pink Panther, Star Wars, and Beverly Hills Cop. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)
The Sky Above
Saturdays, July 27 and August 24, 5:00 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. Visit our website
July 12-August 23, weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open to the public on Fridays from sunset to about 10:00 p.m.
There is no fee to visit the Observatory.