Planetarium Offers Celestial Holiday Experience

Nov 22, 2017

To help usher in the holidays, enjoy a seasonal celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River.

This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, at 11:30 a.m., the planetarium presents “Let It Snow.” Next month, at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, “Let It Snow” will include a free star talk and laser song. “This delightful show features a new variety of festive classics and includes a stunning multi-media finale,” the college notes. “The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery. This show is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages, and especially families.”

At 2 p.m. on those same dates, as well as at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, the planetarium's “Laser Holidays” concert will feature seasonal favorites, modern hits and unique renditions of timeless songs.

On Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 7 p.m., ages 7 and above can enjoy “Season of Light,” with a free star talk and laser song. “Explore the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the holiday season,” OCC encourages. “It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the Star over Bethlehem. This is an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons – a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice: Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican, and Hopi.”

And, at 11 a.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, the planetarium will show the new interactive film “Khrumka's Adventures in the Winter Forest.” As the college explains, “On their way through the fairy tale winter forest, little Khrumka and his friends watch the Northern Lights, witness the flight of an asteroid, and admire the constellations of the winter sky. Thrilling rides, magic, and surprises await them on their fantastic full dome journey.”

From 11 to 11:30 a.m., children will create a craft they can use as part of the show.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and OCC Alumni, and $7 for children ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call 732-255-0343 or visit the Novins Planetarium webpage at ocean.edu. Tickets are available at the door, but advance purchase is recommended.

For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342.  —J.K.-H.

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