Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON SHOWS

Our solar system and the universe will be the focus of three very educational and entertaining shows this weekend at the state-of-the-art Madeline D. and Joseph J. Longo Planetarium at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

CCM Astronomer Chris Fenwick at the controls at the Long Planetarium

CCM Astronomer Chris Fenwick at the controls at the Long Planetarium

The shows include: “Space Extreme’’ on Friday night, March 10;  “Shapes in the Sky’’ on Saturday afternoon, March 11; and “Tour of the Planets’’ on late Saturday afternoon, March 11. All three shows are repeated monthly through November.

Make reservations for all shows by calling the Longo Planetarium reservation desk at 973-328-5076, or visit: http://www.ccm.edu/planetarium

The universe is just one of the many things presented in the planetarium. Virtually anything in the cosmos is presentable 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 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.

CCM: Planetarium Shows This Weekend -- Enjoy the Universe from a Comfortable Seat in Randolph!

Freeholder Director Doug Cabana

“This planetarium is a hidden gem of Morris County – an exceptional facility that offers 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 Director Doug Cabana.

“But Morris County residents need to know that this planetarium offers them a chance to enjoy the stars and skies and to pique their scientific curiosity.’’

“The planetarium shows are a great way for people and families to spend some time together,” said CCM President Anthony J. Iacono. “The Longo Planetarium offers one of the best views into the wonders found above us and the shows are a fun and entertaining way to learn about the mysteries of the cosmos. I strongly encourage area residents to take advantage of this resource.”

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

Space ExtremeCCM: Planetarium Shows This Weekend -- Enjoy the Universe from a Comfortable Seat in Randolph!

Fri, March 10, 7-8 p.m. Longo Planetarium

The universe contains an amazing number of extreme objects and events. The Space Extreme series explores the biggest, hottest and most amazing of them. You can 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 March 10, April 21, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13 and November 10.

Shapes in the SkyCCM: Planetarium Shows This Weekend -- Enjoy the Universe from a Comfortable Seat in Randolph!

Sat, March 11, 3-4 p.m. Longo Planetarium

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 four 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 March 11, April 22, May 13, June 10, July 15, August 12, September 9, October 14 and November 11.

Tour of the PlanetsCCM: Planetarium Shows This Weekend -- Enjoy the Universe from a Comfortable Seat in Randolph!

Sat, March 11, 5-6 p.m., Longo Planetarium

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 will see that each of them has a remarkable, unique story to tell.

Recommended for those ages six 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 March 11, April 22, May 13, June 10, July 15, August 12, September 9, October 14 and November 11.