March Shows Highlight St. Patrick’s Day at OCC’s Novins Planetarium

Mar 07, 2017

This month, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College will host special St. Patrick’s Day-themed celestial events sure to entertain all ages.

On March 11, at 7 p.m., bring the kids for “PJ Night: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!” “We’ll visit the planets and hear stories about the characters that can be found in the night sky,” the college explains. “We may even have time for music and dancing, and maybe even lasers! Join us for this fun-filled variety show ... and don’t forget to wear your pajamas!” A St. Patrick’s Day craft session at 6:30 p.m. is free with the purchase of a PJ Night ticket.

Families will also enjoy the “Wonders of the Celtic Sky Live Star Talk,” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 11 and March 25, and 7 p.m. on March 18. “Join our live planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of our current sky over New Jersey – this time with the added twist of St. Patrick’s Celtic sky,” notes the college. “Learn what the ancient Celtic people are believed to have seen when they looked at the same constellations that we see today.

“This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects and celestial highlights. Constellation mythology and recent events are also included. Prepare to ask questions and even answer them as our live presenter creates an informal atmosphere for your enjoyment of the current seasonal sky.”

Also this month, the planetarium offers its various kids show and laser shows, as well as a free outdoor observation star party, weather permitting, from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 18.

Admission per show is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 60 and older, and for OCC Rewards members, with card; and $7 for children 12 and younger. A family pack, which includes two adults and three children, is $35.

For additional information, call 732-255-0342 or visit ocean.edu. Purchase tickets online at ocean.universitytickets.com. Tickets also go on sale at the door a half hour before the day’s first show.

The planetarium is located on OCC’s main campus, on College Drive in Toms River. —J.K.-H.

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