Friday, March 4, 2022

Celebrate Women's History Month and Explore the Universe at the Planetarium!


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. The mask mandate is still in place at RVCC.

·  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


Perfect Little Planet

Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19, 3:00 pm

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 they choose? (recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Pop Rock

Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19, 4:00 pm

Lasers dance across the dome 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 to name just a few. (recommended for ages 6-12)


Evening Astronomy Shows



Astronomy Tonight

Saturday, March 5, 7:00pm

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 to adult)


From Earth to the Universe

Saturdays, March 12, 19, 26, 7:00pm

The sky has always 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)

Laser Concerts

Laser Ladies

Saturdays, March 5, 12, 8:00pm

Women have unquestionably made big splashes in the music industry. Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Beyonce, and Shakira are just a few of the ladies highlighted in this energetic laser concert. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)

Rock of Ages laser concert

Saturdays, March 19, 26, 8:00pm

Enjoy a laser concert with songs drawn from the popular Broadway show and feature film. Sing along to “We Built This City” by Starship, “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister, and “Talk Dirty to Me” by Poison. 

(Recommended for ages 10-adult)


Shows for Our Youngest Visitors


Rockin’ Rocket Ride

Saturday, March 26, 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, March 26, 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)


At a Glance...


Saturday, March 5

3:00 pm - Perfect Little Planet

4:00 pm - Laser Pop Rock

7:00 pm - Astronomy Tonight

8:00 pm - Laser Ladies laser concert


Saturday, March 12

3:00 pm - Perfect Little Planet

4:00 pm - Laser Pop Rock

7:00 pm - From Earth to the Universe

8:00 pm - Laser Ladies laser concert


Saturday, March 19

3:00 pm - Perfect Little Planet

4:00 pm - Laser Pop Rock

7:00 pm - From Earth to the Universe

8:00 pm - Rock of Ages laser concert


Saturday, March 26

3:00 pm - Rockin' Rocket Ride

4:00 pm - SkyLights music concert

7:00 pm - From Earth to the Universe

8:00 pm - Rock of Ages 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

Saturdays, March 5, April 2, May 7, 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


Women's History Month


We're celebrating Women's History Month with our popular "Laser Ladies" laser concert on the first two Saturdays of March, and with a display of female scientists throughout history. The display is up in our lobby all month.

Women's History Month at NASA

Visit NASA Women in STEM to find inspirational stories of trailblazers and innovators

Check out the sites below for more activities and Resources

First Woman Graphic Novel


Women in Science Printable Posters


The Sky in March


What's Up this Month?


There are no naked-eye planets visible in the evening sky this month.

Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Mercury are low in the southeast in the predawn sky. Mercury drops from the scene very early in the month. Venus passes 3.9 degrees north of Mars on March 16. Venus passes about 2 degrees north of Saturn on March 29.

Of the three planets Venus, Mars, and Saturn, Venus is the brightest, followed by Saturn, with Mars the faintest of the three.

Jupiter is not easily visible until next month.


No Time Like the Present


Daylight Savings Time

We "Spring Ahead" on Sunday, March 13.

On Saturday evening, the Sun will set at 6:01 pm. On Sunday evening, the Sun will set at 7:02 pm.

Sunrise is an hour later too.

Do you prefer more light early in the morning or in the evening?


Vernal Equinox

Rumor has it that you can balance an egg on end on the equinox. True? Yes! But it's also true every other day of the year as well.

The Vernal Equinox is on March 20th.



Moon Phases

New Moon March 2

First Quarter March 10

Full Moon March 18

Third Quarter March 25


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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