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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.
Thru Dec 22
       Extreme Planets, adults & ages 10 & up. Wed.-Fri. 2pm, Sat. & Sun. 2 & 4pm.
       Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, ages 6-9. Sat. & Sun. 1pm.
       Season of Lights, adults & ages 6 & up. Sat. & Sun. 3pm.
Dec 26-Dec 29
       Zula Patrol, 1pm; Extreme Planets, 2pm; Season of Light, 3pm; Extreme Planets, 4pm.
Jan 2-Mar 30
       Extreme Planets, adults & ages 10 & up. Wed.- Fri. 2pm, Sat. & Sun. 2 & 4pm.
Earth, Moon & Sun, ages 6-9. Sat. & Sun. 1 & 3pm. Schedule will be shown on Jan. 20 also.

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.

William D. McDowell Observatory
Meadowlands Environment Center, Two Dekorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, 201-460-8300. Open telescope viewing nights and astronomy workshops held throughout the year.
Mon & Wed
         Public Viewing Nights, for all ages, weather & Wed permitting. Free, limited space.

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.
Dec 1-31

       Holiday Laser Spectacular,
all ages. Sat. & Sun. 12, 1, 2 & 3pm. Dec. 17-21 11 & 1pm.
Dec 24, 26, 27
       Patriots Week Planetarium Presentation, includes demonstration of the sky of Dec. 25, 1776, when George Washington crossed the Delaware. 11 & 1pm.
Dec 28-Dec 29
Patriots Week Planetarium Presentation includes demonstration of the sky of Dec. 25, 1776, when George Washington crossed the Delaware. 1 & 3pm.

       One World, One Sky, ages 2-6.
       The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, ages 3-10.
       Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, ages 6+.
       Passport to the Universe, all ages.

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. 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.
        Wonders of the Sky, tour of the current season's night sky; children's shows; laser shows. Visit website for schedule and to purchase tickets.
Dec 13-Dec 31
        Holiday Schedule,
extended children's shows.

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 $6 two shows on the same day $12, 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.
Sensory-Friendly Shows
One-hour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities.
Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 27, May 18
      Sensory-friendly shows, all ages. 4:30-5:30pm.
Astronomy Shows

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
      Magic Tree House: Space Mission, ages 5+. 3pm.
      Laser Light Waves, ages 6-12. 4pm.
      Winter Skies, tour of winter sky. 7pm.
      Rock of Ages, laser concert. 8pm Jan. 4 & 18.
      Laser Beatles, 8pm Jan. 11 & 25.
Jan 5, 19
      Perfect Little Planet, ages 6-12. 2pm.
      Laser Kids, ages 6-12. 3pm.
Jan 12, 26
      Black Holes, ages 8-adult. 2pm.
      New Jersey Rocks, laser concert. 3pm.
Jan 31

       Night of Lasers, four laser shows.
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
       Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote, ages 6+. 2pm.
       Laser Kids 2, ages 6+. 3pm.
       Winter Skies, all ages. 7pm.
       Laser Queen, 8pm Feb. 1 & 15.
       Laser ELO, 8pm Feb. 8 & 22.
Feb 9
       Rockin' Rocket Ride, ages 3-8. 2pm.
       SkyLights, ages 3-8. 3pm.
Feb 17
       Follow the Drinking Gourd, ages 6+. 2pm.
       Laser Kids 2, ages 6+. 3pm.
Feb 14
        Romancing the Stars, ages 18+. 7 & 8:15pm. $15 per couple.
Mar 1, 8
        Laser 80's, 8pm.
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
        Perfect Little Planet, ages 6-12. 3pm.
        Laser Pop Rock, 4pm.
        Winter & Spring Skies, all ages. 7pm.
Mar 9
        Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon, ages 5-10. 2pm.
        Storybooks in Space, ages 4-8. 3pm.
Mar 15
        Best of Pink Floyd, 8pm.
Mar 22, Mar 29
        Pink Floyd's The Wall, 8pm.
Apr 5, 12, 26
        Solar System Odyssey, ages 8-12. 3pm.
        Laser Light Waves, ages 6-12. 4pm.
        Spring Skies, all ages. 7pm.
        Laser Led Zeppelin, 8pm April 5 & 12.
        Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, 8pm Apr 26.
Apr 14

        Magic Tree House: Space Mission, ages 5+. 2.
        Perfect Little Planet, ages 6-12. 3pm.
Apr 15
        The Little Star That Could, ages 6-12. 2pm.
        Laser Kids, ages 6+. 3pm.
Apr 27
        The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, ages 6-12. 2pm.
        Magic Tree House: Space Mission, ages 5+. 3.
May 3, 10, 17
        Magic Tree House: Space Mission, ages 5+. 3.
        Laser Pop Rock, 4pm.
        Spring Skies, all ages. 7pm.
        Rock of Ages, laser concert. 8pm May 3 & 17.
        Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, laser concert. 8pm May 10.
May 18

        Perfect Little Planet, ages 6-12. 2pm.
        Laser Pop Rock, 4pm.

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: Sat. 8:30-10:30 & Sun. 2-5. Nov. & Feb.-May: Open 4th Sat. 8:30-10:30 weather permitting. Sponsored by the New Jersey Astronomical Association, lectures begin 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 the second Sat. of May through Oct.

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, 732-445-5500, ext. 2531 or 2503. Open to the public for two hours on the second and fourth Thurs., weather permitting, starting at 8pm 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 meetings are held on most other Fri. All are open to the public. Call to schedule programs for younger audiences at 7:30pm. Celestial viewing takes place throughout the evening, weather permitting.

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