Thursday, December 26, 2019

Star Shows Focusing on Space Race and Night Sky, Laser Concerts with Music by Beatles, Pink Floyd Set at RVCC Planetarium

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in January. Selections include a program focusing on the Space Race, tours of the current night sky, children’s shows and laser concerts featuring music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

: RVCC, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
TICKETS: $10 for one show, $18 for two shows on the same day.
For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805.
For additional information, visit

The following shows will be presented:

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

WHEN: Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 3 p.m.

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"?  The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

Kids Jam laser concert

WHEN: Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a new mix of music featuring 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. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Astronomy Tonight

WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 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)

Laser Beatles

WHEN: Saturdays, January 4 & 11, 8 p.m.

Listen to The Fab Four’s hits from their long career, including “Twist and Shout,” “Revolution,” and “Get Back,” while lasers animate the songs on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

First and Farthest

WHEN: Saturdays, January 11, 18, 25, 7 p.m.

From the first rockets to the first man on the Moon, “First and Farthest” celebrates humanity's great accomplishments in the Space Race. The show may bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race, and inspire new generations to keep exploring the universe. With its discussion of science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts, “First and Farthest” supports a STEM-focused pursuit of knowledge. The presentation is made possible with a grant from NASA’s New Jersey Space Grant Consortium. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Best of Pink Floyd laser concert

WHEN: Saturdays, January 18 & 25, 8 p.m.

Lasers dance across the Planetarium dome while audience members listen to such Pink Floyd songs as “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2,” and “Money.” (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Rockin’ Rocket Ride

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 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 offers selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Storybooks in Space

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium. Pages from books are projected onto the dome overhead while we read the stories aloud. Each story then leads us to learn about a different space topic: the planets, our Moon, and the stars in the night sky. Participants are invited to bring stuffed animal friends—at no extra charge, of course! (Recommended for ages 4-8)