Seasonal Shows, Special Events at Ocean County College’s Novins Planetarium

Sep 24, 2013

Ocean County College is currently offering a variety of seasonal shows and special events at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, one of the largest and most active planetariums in the state.

Sky shows include “Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions,” “Exploring the Fall Sky,” “Dawn of the Space Age,” “Touching the Edge of the Universe” and more.

Some offerings are designed specifically for children, such as “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket,” “One World, One Sky – Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Kaluoka’hina – The Enchanted Reef,” the laser show “Perseus and Andromeda,” and a space talk Q&A.

And Senior Wednesdays – Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 – feature a special 2 p.m. matinee program with a live presenter to discuss what’s visible in the current evening sky.

The planetarium also hosts laser shows, with “music, lasers and the universe com(ing) together beneath the dome of the Robert J. Novins Planetarium for an audiovisual experience not to be missed,” as OCC Manager of Promotional Programming RoseAnn D’Urso states. “Brilliant lasers, stars, planets and more dance to the beat of various artists. The planetarium dome fills with color and music as brilliant lasers dance among the stars.”

Beginning the end of next month, a Fright Light Laser Show will be offered as “a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season!”

Other upcoming special programs include a free seasonal star watch on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. “Join planetarium staff and members of the Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area for an enjoyable time investigating amateur astronomy and the wonder of the real night sky,” said D’Urso.

“Club members will set up a variety of telescopes on the lawn next to the planetarium, providing you with an opportunity to view the moon, planets and other interesting celestial objects in the current night sky.”

The star watch is weather permitting and will be cancelled in the event of rain or significant cloud cover.

The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area will hold meetings at the planetarium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. ASTRA is open to individuals interested in astronomy and space sciences. All ages and all levels of experience are welcome.

Purchase show tickets online at tickets.ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door a half hour before the first show.

For show information and pricing, call 732-255-0342, or visit ocean.edu/planet.htm.—J.K.-H.

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