The stars are out at Raritan Valley Community College’s Planetarium throughout January, with a variety of programs, including laser light shows featuring the music of The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.
The following will be offered:
From Earth to the Universe, Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 7 p.m.
Learn which stars and constellations are visible in tonight’s sky; then take an “Astronomy 101” class in under an hour. The sky always has been a place of wonder to man. Philosophers and scientists, from the Greeks to Galileo, began to unravel some of its mysteries, and the invention of the telescope has allowed for still more discoveries. Fly by all the planets in our solar system, then travel beyond to view the birthplace and death of stars, and still farther to the myriad galaxies in our Universe. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)
Laser Grateful Dead, Jan. 9 & 23, 8 p.m.
Listen to songs by the Grateful Dead as lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. “Touch of Gray,” “Truckin” and “Sugar Magnolia” are a few of the hits in this laser concert.
Best of Pink Floyd laser concert, Jan. 16 & 30, 8 p.m.
Lasers dance across the dome overhead while we listen to Pink Floyd songs including “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2,” and “Money.”
The following shows are geared specially for children:
Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 3 p.m.
Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)
Laser Pop Rock, Saturdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 4 p.m.
Lasers dance across the dome while music is played. Songs include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens, "Campfire Song Song" by Spongebob Squarepants, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift and more. (Recommended for ages 6-12)
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, 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.