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Planetarium Sept 2017

September 8, 2017

September & October Shows Feature Halloween, Lasers, & More at Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College!

Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, and sky shows!


Sat, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 at 8:30pm; Mon, Oct 9, and Sat, Oct 21, 28 at 2pm – Laser Fright Light (Ages 10 & over) Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Your favorite Halloween hits are set to haunting lasers! Playlist: “Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters,” “Godzilla,” “Boris the Spider,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Dead Man’s Party,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Frankenstein,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Iron Man,” “Men In Black,” “Monster Mash,” “Purple People Eater,” “Re: Your Brains,” “Thriller,” and a Horror Movie Theme Medley: Halloween, Insidious, Jaws, Nosferatu, and Psycho.

Sat, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, and Mon, Oct 9 at 11:30am – Not-So-Scary Halloween Laser Show (Ages 10 & under). This is our kid-friendly Halloween laser show featuring the Kidz Bop versions of your favorite Halloween songs.


Sat, Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, and Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Thurs, Sept 21; Fri, Sept 22; and Mon, Oct 9 at 12:30pm – The Stars from My Backyard: Live Star Talk for Kids! (Ages 10 & under). Beginning with a beautiful sunrise, children learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky.  Along the way, fun stories, songs, and even a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction to the sky for young children.                                                                                                                       

Sat, Sept 9 and Fri, Sept 22 at 2pm Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef (Ages 10 & under). The vastness of our planet’s oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is Kaluoka’hina, the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. The colorful inhabitants of Kaluoka’hina’ have thus always lived in peace... until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken. Now it’s up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka’hina. Children will witness a one-of-kind underwater world in our immersive full-dome theater that is full of adventure, danger, and riddles.                                                                       

Sat, Sept 9, 16, 21, 23, 30 and Thurs, Sept 21 at 11:30am – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Ages 7 & under). Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China, as they explore the night sky. They’ll take children on a journey of discovery and imagination to learn about the Big Dipper, North Star, Sun, Moon, and more.

Fri, Sept 22 at 11:30am – DinoStars! Live Star Talk (Ages 10 & under). Learn about the skies above New Jersey and the “dinosaurs” constellations that can be seen! Will you be able to find your favorite dinosaur among the stars?

Fri, Oct 20 at 6pm – PJ Night! Alien Worlds! (Ages 6 & over). Get your jammies on and get ready for some fun! Each month has a different theme!

Thurs, Sept 21 and Sat, Oct 7 at 2pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Ages 10 & under). Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring all the planets in our solar system alongside their ship's navigator, a rather plucky astronomy book. You will visit each planet and learn fun and interesting facts about them! In the most dynamic fashion possible, the young star travelers are back to show you what could only be dreamed of before. From the boiling surface of the sun to the icy rings of Saturn, children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery in motion. Discover the wonder of discovery!


Sat, Sept 9, 16, 23, and Oct 7, 14 at 7pm Wonders of the Seasonal Sky (Ages 10 & over) Join our live Planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of our current sky over New Jersey!  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.

Sat, Sept 16 at 2pm – The First Stargazers (Ages 8 and over). Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before. Witness the very first stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the ancient pyramids of Giza and their alignment to the skies. See stunning digital re-creations of the Parthenon, Alexandria Library, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple and be inspired by the first stargazers who laid down the foundations of modern-day astronomy.

Sat, Sept 23 and Oct 14 at 2pm – Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Ages 8 & over). Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Cosmic collisions are abundant in our solar system. See the numerous craters on worlds like the moon, Mars, and even distant Pluto. Explore the dinosaur disaster up close, supported by evidence from the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Geology Department in this planetarium production.

Sat, Sept 30 at 2pm – Defying Gravity (Ages 8 & over). This all-new full dome show uncovers the mysteries of gravity and features Apollo Aurora and her robot correspondents Apple 1-6-8-6 and EGR-1. This program explores rocket power, gravity on other planets, monstrous black holes, and even what keeps us grounded on Earth!

New Show! Sat, Oct 21 and Oct 28 at 7pm – Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe (Ages 8 & over). Join our alien experts – “Hopeful” and “Skeptical” – as they examine eXtra-terrestrial files and try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth.


Sat, Sept 9 at 8:30pm – Laser Beatles (Family Show). The Fab Four’s best spanning six years/11 albums becomes the background for dazzling laser-art and spectacular digital and analog effects. All ages will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

Sat, Sept 16 at 8:30pm, Laser Led Zeppelin (May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable. Not recommended for ages under 15.) – Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock; their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the ’60s and ’70s. The group has been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative, and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2, and The Beatles. Relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 Seniors/OCC Alumni.

Sat, Sept 30 at 7pm, Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the MoonDark Side of the Moon offers a mix of psychedelic, rock, and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric sound-scapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Sat, Sept 30 at 8:30pm, Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall – Always a crowd favorite, The Wall is considered one of the best classic rock albums of all time.  It’s a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Sat, Sept 23 at 8:30pm, Laser Metallica (May contain lyrics that some parents find objectionable.  Not recommended for ages under 15.) Metal meets lasers! And it is intense! The theater shakes with the awesome hits from Metallica! Now Metallica’s tempos, instrumentals, themes and sounds are joined with laser lights. Your pulse and body will pound as the music fills both your ears and eyes.

Tickets: $10 adults, $8 Seniors/OCC Alumni, $7 children 12 & under. To purchase tickets, visit the Novins Planetarium webpage at or call 732-255-0343, Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm, or Saturday from 11:30am to 8:30pm. Tickets are available at the door but advance purchase is recommended.

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