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originally published: 07/12/2022

(BRANCHBURG, NJ) — Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of programs for all ages in August, including laser concerts and special astronomy shows designed especially for young children.

The following shows will be presented:


Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Wednesdays August 3 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday August 4 at 2:30 p.m. – PPut on your space suit and blast off into space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. A lively experience for youngsters, the show features a selection of music from Jane Murphy’s “Journey Into Space.” (Recommended for ages 3-8)


SkyLights, Wednesdays August 3 and 17 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday August 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Our younger audience members can sing along to songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride”, “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock”, “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while others feature video footage. (Recommended for ages 3-8)


accidental astronauts, Fridays August 5 and 12 at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday August 24 at 2:30 p.m. – Robot-kids Cy, Annie, and their dog, Armstrong, get much more than they bargained for from their school trip on an impromptu adventure. Travel exploring the Sun, Earth, and Moon, with a spirit ship computer as your navigator and guide. Race across the surface of the Moon. Collect an asteroid sample in low gravity. Survive a solar storm. Discover a new appreciation for Earth’s unique beauty. Travel with the accidental astronauts in this epic domed theater adventure. (Recommended for ages 4-10)


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Astronomy tonight, Friday August 5 at 8:00 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, and the stories behind them. Find out 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 Summer Lights concert, Fridays August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 9:00 p.m. – It may be August, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer. Pull out your Hawaiian shirts and listen to songs that remind us of summer. Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville,” B-52’s “Rock Lobster,” and Glass Animals’ “Heatwave” are just a few of the summer-themed songs you’ll hear at this laser show concert.


Mars Mille Un, Fridays August 12, 19, 26 at 8:00 p.m. – One day soon, the first humans will leave for Mars. Like space-age astronauts, they will soar into the unknown. In Mars One Thousand One, space journalist Miles O’Brien guides viewers through the first human mission to Mars: a daring 1001-day mission to fly an international crew to the Red Planet and return the group safely to Earth. . Many challenges will have to be met for the crew to succeed and unlock the secrets of the new world. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)


Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Thursdays August 18 and 25 at 3:30 p.m.; Fridays August 19 and 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Join Jack and Annie as they uncover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions that the mysterious “M” leaves them with? This show is based on the bestselling novel series of the same title. (Recommended for ages 5 and up)


Perfect Little Planet, Thursdays August 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. – A family from another star system searches for the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best-known dwarf planet; navigate through Saturn’s rings; feel the storms of Jupiter; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will the family choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)


Planetarium tickets are $10 for one show, $18 for two consecutive shows on the same day. Reservations are recommended, but all ticket sales are at the door on the day of the show. Late admission to Planetarium shows is not permitted. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, New Jersey.

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