Public Show Descriptions and Prices

The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is one of the largest and most active planetariums in New Jersey. New technology provides Planetarium staff with exciting new ways to bring you the wonders of the universe and you'll find a variety of programs for all ages.

Please note: The Planetarium building does not open until 11:00 AM for daytime shows. 

The following are the guidelines and  general information concerning the Planetarium Public Shows:

All shows run about one hour

Shows do begin promptly.

Please plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to show time as their is no admission or re-admission once the show has begun.

This is our general public show schedule, for specific days, please check our Schedule page. Availability of school programs is not listed.

Tickets are available at the door and go on sale 1/2 hour before our first show.

You may now buy your tickets online at

Planetarium Show Admission Prices

(Pricing is per show)

$10    Adults

$8      Seniors (60+); OCC Rewards Members with card

$7      Children (12 and under); OCC Students & Staff with ID

Family Pack: 2 Adults, 3 children - $41 value, only $35

Want to see more than one show on a given day? Ask for our Multi-Show discount, $1 off per show.

Special group rates are available for groups of 25 or more with advance contract. Call us for arrangements or further information. Please plan on at least 2 weeks advance notice. Phone 732.255.0343 Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm.

We accept all major credit cards.
Sorry, we are unable to accept checks.

All Shows run about 1 hour
Separate ticket needed for each show


Looking for a place to have a Birthday Party? The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is a great place to host a Birthday Party! We offer different Birthday Party packages priced around the total number of people you bring. Packages includes use of party room (1 1/2hrs) and your choice of a planetarium show. Please contact us for details and bookings. 

Children's Programs

Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef Logo

Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

Young visitors will be transported to a tropical reef where they will join Jake & Shorty, two adventurous and humorous fish, on an animated quest to restore the magic of their reef that will protect it from man's destruction. In order to do this they must learn how to "touch the moon"! Children will witness a one-of-kind underwater world that is full of adventure, danger and riddles. In addition, you will spend some time under the Planetarium stars, as our live presenter will show you how to find constellations and even planets visible over the night sky in New Jersey.

Recommended for ages 10 and under.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Join Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. They will take children on a journey of discovery and imagination to learn about the Moon, the Earth, bright stars and constellations. We will kick off the presentation with our live presenter giving a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.

Recommended for ages 7 and under.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Join two adventurous children as they use their imaginations, a refrigerator box and a helpful animated astronomy book to take a tour of the solar system. Travel with them to the planets and learn why each one of them is unique to the other. Our live presenter will provide a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for some of the constellations and visible planets of the season.

Recommended for ages 12 and under

Pajama Night Show (Special Event)

Get your jammies on and get ready for some fun! We'll visit the planets and hear stories about the characters that can be founded in the night sky. We may even have time for music and dancing...Maybe even lasers! Join us for this fun filled variety show...And don't forget to wear your pajamas!

Family friendly show recommended for all ages

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The Stars From My Backyard

Beginning with a beautiful sunrise, children learn about the sun, moon, weather, and the 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.

Recommended for ages 10 and under.

Adult/General Audience Shows

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Wonders of the Seasonal Sky

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 presenter creates an informal atmosphere for your enjoyment of the current seasonal sky.

Recommended for ages 8 and over.

Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions Logo

Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions

Were the Apollo visits to the Moon a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseudo-science! Join us as we take a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show you how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. This fascinating show is based on the popular book and website by Phil Plait, "The Bad Astronomer".

Recommended for ages 12 and over.

Dawn of the Space Age Logo

Dawn of the Space Age

Take a look back at both the Russian and American ventures into the cosmos from the launch of Sputnik to the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs, missions to Mars and the outer planets. Learn about the International Space Station, private space exploration ventures and the possible future of human exploration. Beyond the technology, you will also be inspired by the drive, and perseverance of the men and women who took part in these death defying endeavors.

Recommended for ages 12 and over.

Cosmic Journey

The story of the universe is told from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA Great Observatories to explore the size, scale and majesty of our universe.

Recommended for ages 12 and over

Touching the Edge of the Universe

This show tells the story of astronomy from the time of Galileo and his simple optical telescope to the European Space Agency's launch of two sophisticated space satellite telescopes that were launched into the Universe. These complex space telescopes look deep into space to observe the birth of stars and planets, brining the secret of the distant cosmos to our audience.

Recommended for ages 12 and over

Season of Light

Season of light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It's an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem".

Recommended for ages 7 and over

Cosmic Colors

Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  Discover the many reasons for color - like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.  Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye.  Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office.  You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence.  Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!  Target audience is 5th grade and above. 

Back to The Moon For Good

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration.  Learn about the Moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the Moon might hold.  Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.  Show includes a live star talk and full dome movie.

Mission To Pluto:  The Voyage Of New Horizons

Join us in this live presentation on a voyage to the final frontier of our Solar System - to the dwarf planet Pluto.  Pluto and objects beyond the orbit of Neptune are part of a region called the Kuiper Belt.  These icy comet like objects have never been explored.  Follow the voyage of the New Horizons spacecraft on its journey from Earth, as it flew by Jupiter, and on to Pluto.  The New Horizons spacecraft, which has been traveling for over nine years, is about to fly by Pluto.  Discover the new definition of a planet and why Pluto is not considered a planet.  Learn of the discovery of the outer planets and Pluto and its moons.  See some of the many missions to the planets of our Solar System.  Find out what scientists hope to discover on the mission to Pluto and other objects in the Kuiper Belt.  Created by the Robert J. Novins Planetarium.  Suitable for ages 8 and up.