Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Sky is Just a Click Away. Discover the Universe!

We miss you, too!

Our galleries are dark and our planetarium is quiet.

But we're still here for you virtually.

The Planetarium and Observatory will be closed temporarily.

We look forward to continuing to be your field trip destination and astronomy experts in New Jersey. Please join our Facebook group for astronomy and planetarium news.

For information and guidance about Covid-19 as it relates to RVCC, click here.

Keep looking up at those lovely skies!

Your friends at RVCC Planetarium

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Watch at Home!

We've posted several planetarium shows on our website for you to enjoy at home. You can learn about stars and planets, mythology stories, even the weather!



Explore the Universe

While you are at home and looking for something to help with homeschooling or to entertain yourself or the family, we've put together a list of some of our favorite websites. This is by no means a complete list of what's out there, just some of the ones that we go to regularly.

Join our Facebook Group for regular posts about activities, virtual tours, satellite passes that you can see in the real sky, and more!



Virtual Field Trips

Teachers, contact us for ideas about virtual field trips for your students. Live and recorded options are available.




The Sky in May

Over the course of the month, Venus and the Sun are moving closer together. On May 16, Venus set 2.3 hours after the Sun, and by the end of May, it sets just 40 minutes after the Sun.

Mercury is making an appearance in the evening sky. If you have an excellent view of the western horizon, you may be able to watch it slide past Venus from May 19-May 23. A thin crescent Moon will slide by the planets on May 23 and 24, moving from below them (on the 23rd) to above them (on the 24th).

In the morning sky, look for Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in the east about an hour and a half before sunrise.


Moon Phases in May and June

New Moon May 22

First Quarter May 29

Full Moon June 5

Last Quarter June 13




Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Planetarium

Support from the community has repeatedly played a key role in our success at the RVCC Planetarium. We are proud to offer affordable, educational field trips and engaging public events for our community. Your continued support helps us to provide innovative, educational experiences for our diverse audiences. Donations made to the Planetarium help support new and exciting programs and help us maintain and upgrade our equipment.

Thank you for your support! 

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To reach us, email planet@raritanval.edu.