Sunday, January 9, 2022







Welcome Back!


We are delighted to welcome visitors back to the Planetarium!

Please make note of our health and safety guidelines.


·  All persons ages two and older are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

·  Hand sanitizer stations are located in the Planetarium's lobby, as are the restrooms with soap and water for washing hands.

·  The Planetarium's HVAC system uses MERV 13 filters and brings in fresh air to the room.

Information about RVCC's COVID response and protocols can be found here.


Public Shows on Saturdays


Out of an abundance of caution, we will delay our public shows until January 22.


Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Saturday, January 22, 3:00 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 and older)

First and Farthest 

Saturdays, January 22, 29, 7:00pm

From the 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. 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)


Laser Concerts


Laser Kids laser concert

Saturday, January 22, 4:00pm

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. (Recommended for ages 6-12)



Laser Grateful Dead

Saturdays, January 22, 29, 8:00pm  

This show is a psychedelic experience of light, sound, and color. Join us on a musical journey with Grateful Dead’s classic hits including “Truckin’,” “Touch of Grey,” and “Sugar Magnolia”. (Recommended for ages 10 to adult)


Shows for Our Youngest Visitors


Rockin’ Rocket Ride

Saturday, January 29, 3:00pm

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 Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)


Saturday, January 29, 4:00pm

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 and other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)


Saturday, January 22

3:00 pm - Magic Tree House: Space Mission

4:00 pm - Laser Kids

7:00 pm - First and Farthest

8:00 pm - Laser Grateful Dead laser concert


Saturday, January 29

3:00 pm - Rockin' Rocket Ride

4:00 pm - SkyLights music concert

7:00 pm - First and Farthest

8:00 pm - Laser Grateful Dead laser concert



Good to Know...

Admission: $10 per person for one show

$18 per person for two shows on the same day

Payments are taken at the Planetarium on the day of the show.

Reservations are recommended. Call 908-231-8805 or email the Planetarium.

Provide your name, phone number, email, which show you want to see, and how many tickets you'd like.


Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the show to pay for your tickets.

The closest parking lots are #9 and #1. Here is a campus map.

Late arrivals are NOT admitted to the Planetarium's theater once a show has started.


Masks are required indoors for everyone ages 2 and older regardless of vaccination status.


Sensory-Friendly Show


The Sky Above

Saturday, February 5, 5:00 p.m.

A special astronomy and music show 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. “The Sky Above” show includes music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. Content is presented on a kindergarten level.

Admission: $10 per person

Payments are taken on the day of the show at the Planetarium.

Reservations are recommended. Call 908-231-8805 or email the Planetarium.

Provide your name, phone number, email, which show you want to see, and how many tickets you'd like.

Saturn on Puzzle


The Sky in January


What's Up this Month?


Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, and Venus can all be spotted at dusk in the southwest at the start of the month. Venus drops from view i the first week. Mercury fades away mid-month. Saturn is lost in the Sun's glare in the last week of the month.

Venus is at inferior conjunction on January 8, when the planet passes between Earth and the Sun. (It will be slightly higher than the Sun, not going across its surface.) Venus will emerge in the eastern sky as a pre-dawn planet several days later.

Mercury is also at inferior conjunction this month, on January 23. It then moves to become a morning planet too.

Look for Mars low in the southeast before sunrise. Mars slowly climbs higher as the month progresses.

The winter sky is full of bright stars and easy to find constellations. Orion is the best-known of them all. It can help you find Taurus, Gemini, Canis Major, and more. Follow us on social media or visit the planetarium for one of our star talks to learn more about the sky.


Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog, as well as the bright star in the night sky, was due south at midnight on January 1. Happy New Year!



The Earth is at its closest point to the Sun on January 4, 2022. At that time, Earth is 0.983 astronomical units, or 91.4 million miles from the Sun.

Earth and Sun cartoon via Sara Zimmerman at UnEarthed Comics.



Moon Phases

New Moon January 2

First Quarter January 9

Full Moon January 17

Third Quarter January 25

New Moon February 1


Private Shows / Field Trips


You can schedule a private show in the Planetarium for your group of 1-75 people.

Weekdays: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm

Saturdays: 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Weekday evenings will be considered on an individual basis.



Choose an astronomy show or a laser concert!


·     Rockin' Rocket Ride

·     Magic Tree House: Space Mission

·     Accidental Astronauts

·     From Earth to the Universe

·     Black Holes

·     Exploding Universe

·     Tonight's Sky and more!

·     The Best of Pink Floyd

·     The Beatles

·     Led Zeppelin

·     Grateful Dead

·     Queen

·     Rock of Ages (music from the movie/Broadway show)

·     Pop Rock (family-friendly)

·     Laser Magic (family-friendly) and more!





Virtual Field Trips

Teachers, Principals, Science Supervisors, Scout Leaders, Home School coordinators, Senior Center managers, and Parents!

Schedule virtual field trips for your students and clients. Programs are led by a live Planetarium Educator

and always include time for Q&A. All programs support NGSS/NJSLS.

Scheduling is flexible. We can present during the school day, after school, or evenings.

 Number of attendees: up to 30 per session

Fee: $100 for a 45-minute program

$125 for Magic Tree House: Space Mission

 The Planetarium will provide a password-protected Zoom link before your date. We can also schedule programs on Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. You can also invite the Planetarium to join your preferred platform.



Explore the Universe with RVCC Planetarium


Watch our YouTube channel for weekly updates on what's visible in the sky as well as activities you can do at home.

Do you miss the Planetarium? Take a tour of the exhibits.

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

Follow us on Instagram to see pictures we take at the 3M Observatory and other news.


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 throughout the year help support new and exciting programs and help us maintain and upgrade our equipment.

  Thank you for your support!



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