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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our address:
Science Hall, Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro NJ 08028
Take a trip through the universe. The star show "Passport to the Universe," from the American Museum of Natural History (aka Hayden Planetarium) is now showing in the star theater at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. "Passport" is narrated by actor Tom Hanks. More information can be found on our public show page.
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.
Season of Light events. Several people attending this show have asked for information about the 2015 events demonstrated in the live portion of our holiday show. Here is that information:
June 20: Photogenic triad of Moon, Venus, and Jupiter, western sky after sunset
June 30-July 1: close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, evening sky
Aug. 15: Venus in inferior conjunction with Sun, becoming a morning object
Aug. 25: Jupiter in conjunction with Sun, becoming a morning object
Around Sept. 1: Venus becomes visible in east before sunrise
Mid-Sept.: Jupiter becomes visible in east before sunrise
Oct. 17: Mars, Jupiter in conjunction (Mars is much dimmer)
Oct. 23: Venus at maximum elongation (angular distance from Sun); Moon, Venus, Jupiter make a nice triad in morning sky
Oct. 25-26: Venus, Jupiter in a second conjunction, but farther apart than the June event
Nov. 7: Moon, Venus less than two degrees apart, morning
By the way, you can go out and observe these events even if you didn't attend "Season of Light." :-)
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 Feb. 1. 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.
The planetarium is 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 1/19/2015