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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 $6, children under 12/srs./college students $4, not recommended for children under 4. Tickets available at the front desk on a first come, first served basis when the museum opens. 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.

Emil Buehler Observatory
Bergen County Community College Technology Education Center, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus, 201-447-7100.
Fri
           Public Viewing Nights, Fridays 8-11pm.


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 monthly on weekends. All tickets $10, reservations recommended.
Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, Mar 10-11, Apr 21-22

William D. McDowell Observatory
Meadowlands Environment Center, Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-460-8300. Open to the public for telescope viewing nights and special events. Visit website link for schedule.
Wed
          
Public Viewing Nights, open Wed. 7-10pm Dec.-Feb., from 8pm beginning in March, weather permitting.

Morris Museum Astronomical Society
973-637-0178. Meets eight times a year on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Morris Museum. Membership is open to ages 14 and older; families welcome.

New Jersey State Museum Planetarium
205 West State St., Trenton, 609-292-6464. Public shows are offered on weekends during the school year; plus weekdays during school vacations and summer. Adults $7, 12 and under $5, available on first-come, first-served basis. Printable coupon online for $1 off. 150-seat planetarium is open for public programs, school programs, scouting astronomy programs and birthday parties.

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 meetings of the NJAG are held on the second Wednesday of the month (except Aug.). Free and open to the public.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Ocean County College, College Dr. (parking lot 2, Building 13), Toms River, 732-255-0343. Recorded show information: 732-255-0342. Public shows are presented Sat.; additional weekdays during summer. Adults $10, srs. $8, children 12 & under $7. 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.
Ongoing
          Planetarium Shows include tour of the current season's night sky; children's shows; laser shows. Visit website for schedule and tickets.
          PJ Night, family-friendly show for all ages.   

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 or 7. Admission $8 two shows on the same day $14, not recommended for children under 5. Evening laser shows are recomended for ages 12 and older. Reservations recommended. Group rates; school group shows; Starlab portable planetarium for rent; special star shows for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Ongoing
           Public Star Shows, Laser Concerts, for all ages. Visit website link for schedule.
           3M Observatory is open on clear-sky evenings when there are public shows.
           The Sky Above, Sensory-Friendly Show, one-hour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities of all ages. 5pm.
                      Jan 7, Feb 4, Apr 1, May 6
Mar 4
           Perfect Little Planet, grades 1-4.
Selected Special Events
Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6
           Astronomy Tonight, a guided tour of the night sky. Ages 8 to adult. 7pm.
Apr 29
           Astronomy Day, hands-on activities for ages 6+. 2-5pm and 6-9pm.
                
Paul H. Robinson Observatory
Voorhees State Park, 251 County Rd. Route 513 (rt. 78 to Rt. 31N), Glen Gardner, 908-638-8500. Memorial Day-Oct. 31: open Sat. 8:30-10:30pm and Sun. 2-5pm. March & April: open 4th Sat. 8:30-10:30pm. Sponsored by the New Jersey Astronomical Association, evening sessions include night sky observing and daytime sessions include solar viewing, weather permitting. On the 4th Sat. from March through Oct., a guest speaker presentation begins at 8:30pm followed by Q&A and tours of the facility. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Star Lab portable planetarium program available.
May-Oct
         
Young Astronomer's Programs, hands-on activities for ages 7-13 monthly on Sat. May-Oct. 6:30-8pm. Advance reservations recommended, space is limited.

Robert A. Schommer Observatory
On the roof of the Serin Physics Laboratories, 136 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.

Sky & Telescope
Astronomy news and this week's sky at a glance.

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. Presentations for youth groups can be arranged in advance. All meetings are free and open to the public. Membership is open to anyone 12 years or older.
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.