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Planetariums & Observatories in New Jersey

County College of Morris Planetarium
214 Center Grove Rd.
Randolph
973-328-5076 • 973-328-5755
The County College of Morris Planetarium is an 80 seat facility which uses a Minolta Planetarium and computer and projector which allows you to see recreation of the seasonal night sky (feels like you are sitting outside but in comfortable chairs) planet locations, and various science topics, such as the planets, latest Chandra discoveries, new planets, and possibilities of Northern Lights. The shows they offer are given live, and therefore shaped to the audience. If you have a question during the show, you are not only allowed, but encouraged to ask it right then and there. The public shows vary every month from topic to topic. The subject usually involves the night sky, and some science, and the level at which it is presented is mixed so that someone of any age will get something out of it. However, younger children who are afraid of the dark might not like sitting there for an hour. There are stories told and science explained. They also offer private shows whereas the topics of these can be whatever topic you would like. The only requirement is that there be 15 people to your group, and the prices are the same. Some groups who enjoy coming are Brownies and Girl Scouts working on their badges, Cub Scouts working on their arrow points, and simply groups of people who are going camping and want to be able to identify constellations when they are out there. The only limit to the topic and the group is the limit of their imagination, in other words, the sky is the limit.

Dreyfuss Planetarium
The Newark Museum
49 Washington St.
Newark
973-596-6529
The Dreyfuss Planetarium, located on the first floor of the Newark Museum, offers an other-worldly experience that is further enhanced by new projection equipment, digital audio and video, computers, video projectors and a Sky-Skan automation system. They house a Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3 star projector, New Jersey's first and only planetarium to own one. They also have a Sphaera, a portable planetarium dome which educators bring to schools enabling students to study the cosmos in their learning environment. A gift shop is available offering astronomy merchandise, books, postcards and more.


John W. H. Simpson Observatory
Washington Crossing State Park
Route 579
609-737-2575
The John W. H. Simpson Observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomer's Association of Princeton and conducts free public starwatches. They house two telescopes, an antique 6.25 inch Hastings-Byrne refractor and a state of the art 14 inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain refractor. The observatory is open to the general public on the first and last Friday nights - March through October, and all Friday nights during the month of May and the month of October. Sessions run from twilight to 11:30 p.m., weather permitting. For convenience, the observatory has a bathroom (summer use only), a heated "warming room" in winter and a telephone. The observatory is open for use at anytime for any member who is a keyholder (keyholders take a short course in observatory operation and agree to accept scheduled duty on a Friday public starwatch night).


Paul H. Robinson Observatory
Voorhees State Park
Lebanon Township
908-638-8500
The Paul H. Robinson Observatory is operated by the New Jersey Astronomical Association and houses numerous telescopes including a 26" Reflector Telescope which is the largest telescope available to the public in the state. It's base is a massive iron casting nearly 7 feet high weighing over 4 tons and the entire assembly is over 15 feet tall. The observatory is equipped for both photographic and visual observation. With the equipment, you are able to see stars, planets, galaxies, nubulae and other types of deep sky objects. Every 4th Saturday evening each month they host an expert who gives a presentation on some astronomical topic.


Peyton Hall Astronomical Observatory
Peyton Hall, Ivy Lane, Princeton University
Princeton
Peyton Hall Observatory holds public starwatches led by graduate students of Princeton University's Department of Astrophysical Sciences and are scheduled for 7:00-8:30 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month (in the event of cloudy skies, they will reschedule to the second Wednesday). They will be looking at planets, nebulae, open clusters, and (conditions permitting) looking at globular clusters and nearby galaxies using: A 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain. They are quite happy to answer your astronomy-oriented questions (or questions in other areas if you're not overly concerned with them being correct).


NJ State Museum Planetarium
205 West State St.
Trenton
609-292-6303
The NJ State Museum Planetarium is a 150 seat state-of-the-art planetarium with numerous programs held throughout the year. They are one of only 60 planetariums in the country participating in StarStation One, which introduces audiences to the International Space Station currently under construction by 16 different countries 200 miles above the Earth. Call or visit their website for hours and admission fees.


Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium
Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd.
North Branch
908-231-8805
The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium houses a Spitz Planetarium, video projectors, full color laser projector and 8 inch Celestron telescopes for special events. You will travel through time and space exploring exploding nebulas, mysterious black holes, and the solar system from it's beginning to the present day. They are a NJ Teacher Professional Development Provider and conducts teacher workshops in astronomy using a Starlab portable planetarium. They are one of 11 national sites for Project ASTRO, a program that partners volunteer astronomers to work with teachers and their students in grades 3-9 doing hands-on astronomy activities. They conduct educational shows for school children as well as credit and non-credit classes for adults. Several shows and special events are hel throughout the year as well as laser concerts on Friday and Saturday nights featuring a variety of music such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Country music. They have a gift shop which features a large selection of science and astronomy books, posters, post cards, astronaut ice cream and much more. Open year round to schools Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm.


Richard Stockton College Observatory
Port Republic Road (Route 575)
Pomona
609-652-4520
The Richard Stockton College Observatory is an educational laboratory which welcomes viewers of every age, during their public viewing sessions.


Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Ocean County College
Toms River
732-255-0342 • 732-255-0343
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium offers multimedia shows and space science using a Minolta star projector under a 40 foot dome, Sky-Skan automation, 4 video projectors, 25 carousel projectors and over 120 one-shot and special effect projectors in their 119 seat facility. Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult. The planetarium is open year round. Please visit the planetarium's website for their fluctuating hours.


William Miller Sperry Observatory
Union County College
1033 Springfield Ave.
Cranford
908-276-STAR • 908-276-2730
The Sperry Observatory was dedicated in 1967 and is home of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc located within Union County College. The Observatory houses two of the largest telescopes on the East Coast for amateur use. The 18 foot East Dome holds a 10" f/15 refractor and the 20 foot West Dome holds a 24" f/11 Cassegrain reflector. East Telescope rests on an 8 foot thick concrete pier atop piles driven 30 feet into the ground. Located in the observatory is a large classroom and a library of over 1200 books and periodicals available to the membership

   
       
       
 
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