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



Now showing: Exploding Universe. More information can be found on our public show page.


PSF Astronomy Night at Rowan University, April 25. The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Edelman Planetarium, and the College of Science and Mathematics will host our final free public observing open house for the semester on Friday, April 25. This event will be part of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival taking place throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. There are several activities planned.

3:00-5:00 p.m. Solar observing. Telescopes with safe filters will be set up to view the Sun in white light on Meditation Walk outside of the Science Hall atrium. Additionally, a specialized hydrogen alpha telescope will be available to view the Sun’s chromosphere. Don’t know what that is? Come and find out!

7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Brief planetarium sessions introducing the audience to the current night sky, including objects that will be viewed through telescopes that evening. Free sky maps and information sheets about choosing a personal telescope will be available.

7:30-10:30 p.m. A variety of telescopes will be set up on the observing deck on the 4th floor of Science Hall. The 0.4-meter telescope in the dome will also be used. Department astronomers and experienced amateur astronomers will have a variety of celestial objects on display. Use the elevator in the westernmost corner of the building to get to the 4th floor.

Basic rules: young children must be accompanied by an adult. No smoking or eating is allowed near these expen$ive instruments. The observing deck is quite dark--intentionally!!--so walk carefully as you make your way out to the telescopes.

This is a rain or shine event, and no backup date is planned. If cloudy weather prevents any of the observational activities, the two planetarium shows will be presented in any case. Decisions about this event will be posted here by 2 p.m. that day.

“Fly Me to the Moons!” Jazz under the stars! and planets, and galaxies, and meteors, and... At the end of April, Denis DiBlasio, Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson of Jazz Studies at Rowan, and three of his colleagues from the Music Dept. will perform a one-hour concert of jazz numbers with titles borrowed from the world of astronomy in the planetarium at 7 p.m. on April 30. I will be accompanying them visually with various dramatic scenes on the dome. Ticket prices will be the same as for regular public shows.

We can’t know what to expect in the way of attendance, but I’m guessing you should get to the theater relatively early: many people have expressed delight at the idea.
In this concert, when the musicians play “Fly Me to the Moon”… we’ll really do it!

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) is publishing this column on astronomy on Sundays (usually) every two weeks, both in its (old-fashioned) hard-copy edition and on-line. 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 4/10/2014