Thursday, April 7th, 2016

EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE FROM A COMFORTABLE SEAT IN RANDOLPH

Our solar system and the universe will be the focus of three unique and very entertaining shows to be held this weekend at the Longo Planetarium at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

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The shows include: “Space Extreme’’ on Friday night, April 8;  “Shapes in the Sky’’ on Saturday afternoon, April 9; and “Tour of the Planets’’ on late Saturday afternoon, April 9. All three shows will be repeated monthly through November.

Reservations are recommended for all shows and can be made by calling the Longo Planetarium reservation desk at 973-328-5076, or visit: http://www.ccm.edu/planetarium

The Madeline D. and Joseph J. Longo Planetarium is a state-of-the-art facility.

The universe is just one of the many things presented in the planetarium. Almost anything that can be imagined in the cosmos can be presented in new and exciting ways, including classes on a variety of subjects.

The planetarium dome is perfect for introduction to astronomy and general astronomy classes at CCM, but also is used for college-level presentations in meteorology, history, archeology, communications and literature. Grade school students, who make up the majority of visitors every year, also use the facility to augment their educations in science and space science.

Hank Lyon

Hank Lyon

“This planetarium provides a terrific educational opportunity for science students at County College of Morris and also benefits students from across the county at the high school and junior high school levels,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon, the county governing board’s liaison to CCM. “It’s also great that the planetarium offers shows to the public, giving residents a chance to enjoy the facility and to pique their scientific curiosity.’’

The following is a look at this weekend’s schedule shows:

Space Extreme

Fri, Apr 8,  7-8 p.m.
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The universe is packed with extreme objects and events and the Space Extreme series explores the biggest, hottest and most amazing. You’ll visit black holes, supernovae, colliding galaxies and others – all of which push the edge of understanding and imagination.
Recommended for those ages 8 and older, Space Extreme will take place at the Longo Planetarium in Cohen Hall on CCM’s Randolph campus during one Friday each month at 7 p.m. through November. The dates are April 8, May 13, June 10, July 15, August 12, September 9, October 14 and November 11.

Shapes in the Sky

Sat, Apr 9,  3-4 p.m.
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Shapes in the Sky is a storytelling series featuring fun myths and legends from around the world and throughout history. The whole family will enjoy the engaging tales told in the program, which are great for every age!

Recommended for those ages 4 and older, Shapes in the Sky will take place at the Longo Planetarium in Cohen Hall on CCM’s Randolph campus during one Saturday each month at 3 p.m. through November. The dates are April 9, May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 15 and November 12.

Tour of the Planets

Sat, Apr 9,  5-6 p.m., Longo Planetarium
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Tucked away in a roomy section of the Milky Way is an average star, surrounded by a small collection of eight planets, hundreds of moons, and uncountable asteroids and comets. They just appear as tiny specks from far away, but in the Tour of the Planets series you’ll see that each of them has a remarkable, unique story to tell.

Recommended for those ages 6 and older, Tour of the Planets will take place at the Longo Planetarium in Cohen Hall on CCM’s Randolph campus during one Saturday each month at 5 p.m. through November. The dates are April 9, May 14, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 15 and November 12.