RVCC Planetarium to Host Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

As part of its anniversary celebration, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will host a Perseid Meteor Shower Watch, Friday, August 14, from 9 p.m.-midnight. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Meteors, or “shooting stars,” are small bits of rock streaking through our atmosphere. Most are dust-grain or pebble-sized. Their swift descent heats and illuminates the air around them, creating the streaks commonly called shooting stars. A meteor shower is when we see more than the average of five meteors per hour. The Perseids are so-named because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus. The debris creating these “shooting stars” are remnants of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Those attending the event are asked to bring a chair or a blanket and spend time on the grass outside the 3M Observatory, which is located next to the Planetarium. The Observatory will be open to look at Saturn and other deep sky objects, but participants only need their eyes to scan the sky for meteors. This event is weather-permitting. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium. In 2015, the Planetarium at RVCC is celebrating 25 years of bringing astronomy to the children and adults of New Jersey. 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.