RVCC Planetarium to Present August Shows for All Ages

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts in August, including programs for young children. The following programs will be offered: Exploding Universe, Fridays, August 14 & 28, 7 p.m. The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. As the universe has transformed into its current state, even the most elementary particles have endured. The show follows the path of one of these “particles,” a proton, as it participates in nature’s astounding events of rebirth and renewal. (Recommended for ages 10 to adult) Summer Skies, Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 8 p.m. Discover what stars and constellations are visible in tonight’s sky. Learn how to find the Summer Triangle and the Big Dipper, as well as the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. It’s also the “Summer of Pluto.” The New Horizons spacecraft is flying by the dwarf planet in July. Updates to the show will be included as they become available. The 3M Observatory will be open after the show, weather permitting. (Recommended for ages 10 to adult) Classic Rock, Friday, August 7, 9 p.m. Enjoy a laser concert featuring a variety of classic rock songs including “Touch of Gray” by Grateful Dead, “Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, “You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth” by Meatloaf, “Come Sail Away” by Styx, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles. Laser Led Zeppelin, Friday, August 14, 9 p.m. Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring several of the group’s hit songs, such as “Battle of Evermore,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Houses of the Holy.” Laser Modern Rock, Friday, August 21, 9 p.m. Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs released in the past few years. Selections include “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Laser ELO, Friday, August 28, 9 p.m. Enjoy a laser concert featuring the best of ELO. “Do Ya” like laser concerts? Want a “Ticket to the Moon?” Have you reached your “Point of No Return?” Then you must be ready for the ELO Laser Concert. 2 The following programs also are being scheduled for children: Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2 p.m.; Fridays, August 7 & 21, 7 p.m. Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions posted by the mysterious “M”? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older) The Little Star that Could, Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 3 p.m. Travel with an average yellow star on his quest to get a “name” and a planet to call his own. A “cool” red star, a “hot” blue star, a dying star, double stars, and the Milky Way Galaxy teach the Little Star some important things about being a star. Imagine Little Star’s surprise when he discovers that several planets rotate around him. The show offers a great introduction to the different kinds of stars in space, as well as the planets in our solar system. (Recommended for ages 6-12) Perfect Little Planet, Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2 p.m.; Sunday, August 9, 2 p.m.; Thursday, August 20, 4:15 p.m. A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will the family choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12) Laser Magic, Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 3 p.m.; Sunday, August 9, 3 p.m. Enjoy a laser and video concert featuring songs by a variety of artists including “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby, “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel. (Recommended for ages 6-12) Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2 p.m. Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from Journey Into Space by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8) Storybooks in Space, Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 3 p.m. Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as we learn about the stars and planets. (Recommended for ages 4-8) Planetarium show tickets cost $7 for one show or $13 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.