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Planetariums in New Jersey

Dreyfuss Planetarium

Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6529 for schedules. Press 2 for weekly update on the night sky, sunrise, sunset and moon phase information. 24-hr. Sky Report: 973-596-6611. For the latest dates to see the space station and other satellites, visit Heavens Above website or link to it from the Newark Museum website. Wed.-Fri. shows at 2pm, Sat. & Sun. shows on the hour from 1-4pm. Adults $5, children under 12/srs./college students $3, not recommended for children under 4. Tickets available at the Information Desk when the museum opens on a first come, first served basis. Strollers are not permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Planetarium shows are followed by a tour of the constellations and information on how to view the planets. Sphæra portable planetarium outreach program, 973-596-6690.

Longo Planetarium
County College of Morris, Cohen Hall, B building, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph, 973-328-5076. Planetarium programs are presented to school groups during the week and to the public on select weekends. Call or visit website for upcoming programs.
Dec 12-13
        A Holiday Under the Stars, Fri. 7pm, Sat. 3pm.

William D. McDowell Observatory
Meadowlands Environment Center, Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-460-8300 (Mon. & Wed. 201-777-2416). Open telescope viewing nights and astronomy workshops held throughout the year.
Mon & Wed
        Public Viewing Nights, for all ages, weather permitting. Free, limited space.
        Let's Talk Astronomy, lecture series for adults and series for children ages 7-12 and families Tuesday evenings 7:30-9. $5, limited space. Pre-registration required.

Morris Museum Astronomical Society
973-631-0178, Meets at the Morris Museum on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Membership is open to ages 14 and older.

New Jersey State Museum Planetarium
205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464. Weekend shows at 1, 2, 3 & 4pm. Adults $7, 12 and under $5, available on first-come, first-served basis. 150-seat planetarium with high definition and Full Dome Video technology is open for public programs, school programs and scouting astronomy programs. Planetarium lobby includes interactive exhibits providing the latest astronomical information.

North Jersey Astronomical Group
Free telescope nights Thurs. 8-9pm in front of Richardson Hall at Montclair State University, Montclair during the school year and skywatches for special events, weather permitting. Monthly kids' telescope nights begin at 7:30pm.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Ocean County College, College Dr. (parking lot 2), Toms River, 732-255-0343, 732-255-0400 ext. 2111. Recorded show information: 732-255-0342. Public shows are presented Fri.-Sat.; additional weekdays during summer. Adults $10, srs. $8, children 12 & under $7, family pack (2 adults, 3 children) $35. School programs; portable planetarium; birthday parties; space store. The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area (ASTRA) meets 7pm on the second Friday of the month and is open to interested people of all ages.
        Wonders of the Seasonal Sky, tour of the current season's night sky; children's shows; laser shows. Visit website for schedule and to purchase tickets.
        Pajama Night,
family-friendly show for all ages. 5:30 & 7pm.

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium
Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt, 22W), North Branch, 908-231-8805. Park in lot #1, 6 or 7. Admission $7 two shows on the same day $13, not recommended for children under 5. Reservations recommended. Group rates; school group shows; Starlab portable planetarium for rent to educators who have attended summer workshop. Also offers Project ASTRO, a program that matches teachers in grades 2-9 with a volunteer astronomer; Family ASTRO, a one-day training program open to anyone with an interest in astronomy; and astronomy workshops for teachers of grades 2-12.
        The Sky Above, Sensory-Friendly Show, one-hour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities. All ages. 4:30-5:30. $5, advance reservations.
                   Dec 14
Astronomy Shows
Dec 6, 13, 20
        December Skies, 4pm.
Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
        The Alien Who Stole Christmas, ages 6-10.
Dec 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
        Winter Wonder Lights, ages 6-adult.

Paul H. Robinson Observatory
Voorhees State Park, 251 County Rd. Route 513 (rt. 78 to Rt. 31N), Glen Gardner, 908-638-8500. March-Oct.: Public nights, sponsored by the New Jersey Astronomical Association, are held on the 4th Sat. of the month. Guest speaker presentation begins at 8:30pm, rain or shine, followed by viewing until 10:30, weather permitting. Youth class offered by appointment for groups of five or more.
2nd Sat
        Young Astronomer's Programs, hands-on activities for ages 7-13 the second Sat. of May through Oct. 6:30-8pm. Advance reservations recommended, limited space.

Robert A. Schommer Observatory
On the roof of the Serin Physics Laboratories, Frelinghuysen & Allison Rds. (park in lot 53 or 53A), Busch Campus of Rutgers, Piscataway, 848-445-8973 or 848-445-8785. Open to the public for two hours on the second and fourth Thurs., weather permitting, starting at 8:30pm Oct.-March and one hour after sunset April-Sept.

John W. H. Simpson Observatory
Washington Crossing State Park (enter off of Bear Tavern Rd.), Titusville, 609-737-2575. The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton opens its observatory to the public every Friday April-Oct. from twilight to 11pm, if weather is clear.

Sperry Observatory
Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford, 908-276-STAR. Monthly meetings of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. are held on third Fri. of the month from Sept.-May. Informal presentations are held on most other Fri. and observatory is open 7:30-10:30pm, weather permitting. All meetings are free and open to the public.
1st Fri
        What's Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide, celestial happenings for the month are normally presented at the first Fri. meeting. 8:30pm.
Dec 12
        Public Star Parties, observation sessions when lunar glare is minimal.

Astronomy news, photos and videos compiled from space agencies, science journals and university research groups.