The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg has planned some special programs in October in celebration of Halloween. To add to the magic, a special star show, “The Skies over Hogwarts,” also will be presented for Harry Potter fans.
The following shows will be offered:
Spooky Skies, Saturdays, October 22 & 29, 3 & 7 p.m.
This Halloween, come to the RVCC Planetarium to witness spine-chilling tricks and treats of Spooky Skies. The show takes viewers back to medieval Ireland to explore the roots of the Halloween holiday, then then soars into the heavens to draw parallels between various celestial objects and famous monsters. What does a werewolf have on an inescapable Black Hole; a noxious, deadly planet like Venus; or a crushing, dangerous supernova? (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
Fright Light (Family version), Saturdays, October 22 & 29, 4 p.m.
Enjoy a Halloween laser light show featuring such tunes as “Alive” by Meatloaf and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)
Fright Light (PG-13 version), Saturdays, October 22 & 29, 8 p.m.
This laser light show is not geared for young viewers or those who are easily scared. The show features such songs as “The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al, “Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone, and “Time Warp” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Recommended for ages 13 to adult)
“The Skies over Hogwarts,” Friday, October 28, 7 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 30, 6 & 7 p.m.
Join our eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a Harry Potter-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how author J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters’ names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)
Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.
Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.