The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in March, including programs for young children. The following shows have been planned:
Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote, Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 3 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories and explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, “Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote” also examines how humans learn through space exploration. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
Laser Pop Rock, Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including LMFAO, One Direction and Black Eyed Peas.
Winter & Spring Skies, Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 7 p.m.
The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter night sky. Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open for visitors after the show.
Best of Pink Floyd, Saturdays, March 7, 21, 8 p.m.
Lasers dance across the Planetarium’s dome while audience members listen to Pink Floyd songs including “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2” and “Money.”
Laser U2, Saturdays, March 14 & 28, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a laser concert featuring some of U2’s more popular songs including “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Beautiful Day” and “Unforgettable Fire.”
Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.
Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8).
SkyLights, Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m.
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 while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)
Planetarium show tickets cost $7 for one show or $13 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visitwww.raritanval.edu/planetarium.
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium.
Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.
RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.