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



A different kind of planetarium show. The star show "Natural Selection" plays through May 17 (except April 5 when the theater will close for Easter). More information can be found on our public show page.

Observing open house March 24. NOTE: During the day on Tuesday, March 24, it may not seem likely that we will be able to look at the sky tonight. But the various weather services agree that things will change tonight. The weather is supposed to be "Mostly sunny" by 7:00 p.m., and "Mostly clear" the rest of the night. So: have faith!

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and Edelman Planetarium will host the second public astronomy open house of the semestser onTuesday, March 24. Various telescopes, including the 0.4-meter research reflector, will be available from 7:00 to 9:30 atop Science Hall; take the elevator in the westernmost corner of the building to the 4th floor. Dress warmly: even three days into spring it’s always colder on the top floor, especially when you are not moving! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared for a dark environment, and somewhat uneven footing.
A 20-minute live presentation of the night sky, including previews of objects that will be targets for the telescopes, will be given in the planetarium theater on ground floor at 6:30 and 7:00.

If weather prevents us from using the telescopes, we will try again the following night. The next open house will take place April 24.

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 as a group on a weekend. So we've brought back an old favorite format, and will be offering family shows nearly every month for this academic year. The next family show will be given April 12 (the planetarium theater will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5). Details can be found on our public show page.

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 3/24/2015