Edelman Planetarium  

Welcome to the Fredric and Jean Edelman Planetarium!

Local school children and residents are welcome to join the Rowan community in reaching for the stars in the University's planetarium. Here visitors can enjoy a wide variety of shows and special events designed to educate and entertain, advance viewers' understanding of the universe, and provide up-to-date astronomical information. Come join us as we explore the cosmos!

The Planetarium is managed by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Rowan University. For directions to Science Hall and the Edelman Planetarium, visit www.rowan.edu/map. To contact our business office, call 856.256.4389. To email the director, use planetarium@rowan.edu. Our address:

Edelman Planetarium

Science Hall, Rowan University

201 Mullica Hill Road

Glassboro NJ  08028



Summer at the planetarium. Public shows are not given in the summer. We'll resume in the fall, perhaps as late as early October, after completing some computer upgrades in September. We'll open with a blockbuster called "Solar Superstorms" that will feature the latest scientific discoveries about the Sun, and the most dramatic computer-generated imagery of the solar interior ever produced. Bring your darkest sunglasses! (not really :-)

School and other youth groups can make use of the planetarium in the summer: contact the director (see contact information above) to set up a date.


First observing open house Sept. 21. The Department of Physics and Astronomy and Edelman Planetarium will hold the first public open house at the campus observatory on Monday, Sept. 21 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Telescopes will be available on the observing deck, and the 16-inch Cassegrain instrument in the dome will also be available.

   This event is free and open to the public. Parents are asked to supervise children: the observing deck is dark, and the walkways are not all at the same level. Also, there will be several expensive telescopes that running children can collide with. The observatory and observing deck can be reached via the elevator in the westernmost corner of Science Hall; campus maps are available on the Rowan Web site.

   It's likely that the planetarium will not yet be available for its usual introductory role due to computer upgrades; more information about that will be posted here when available. If Sept. 21 is too cloudy for the event, we'll post information here by mid-afternoon, and we'll try again the following evening.


Parking at the planetarium. There have been some significant changes in parking at Rowan University that affect our public programs. Check our new parking page for details.


Family shows return! We realize that not all of our public shows are all that watchable by young children. After all, the programs are designed to educate and entertain adults. But we also realize that families with young children might like to visit the planetarium on a weekend. So we've brought back an old favorite format, and will be offering family shows nearly every month in 2015-2016. Details will be posted in the fall on our public show page (once we know more about planned renovations).


Planetarium E-Newsletter. The planetarium offers an occasional newsletter available via email. Periodically we send out information about upcoming shows, observatory open houses, and current sky events. We will not share email addresses with anyone else! To sign up, simply send a request to the planetarium director.


"South Jersey Skies" newspaper column. The South Jersey Times (formerly the Gloucester County Times) no longer publishes this column on astronomy on Sundays, but a list of and links to the published columns can be found here.

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The Edelman Planetarium normally offers public astronomy programs -- planetarium shows -- on weekends during the regular school year when Rowan is open. It is also open to schools and other groups by reservation. See the school program page, email the director, or call 856.256.4389 for details.


Last updated 8/14/2015