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

 

Announcements

“Fly Me to the Moons!”, Oct. 15. The Department of Music and Edelman Planetarium present a live jazz concert in the planetarium theater on Wed., Oct. 15 at 7:00 and again at 8:30 p.m. (two performances because we expect there might be a crowd for this event!). The joint faculty recital features Denis DiBlasio on saxophone and flute, Doug Mapp on bass, Dean Schneider on keyboard, and Dean Witten on drums. The quartet will play songs appropriate to the venue such as “When Stars Fell on Alabama,” “Moondance,” and “Look to the Sky.” Keith Johnson will provide dramatic visual accompaniment using the power of the SciDome digital projector. When the ensemble plays “Fly Me to the Moon”… we’ll really go there! This event is free and open to the public; we cannot provide advance ticketing.

Back to the Moon—For Good, Sundays through Nov. 16. More information can be found on our public show page. School groups can visit the planetarium by reservation whenever Rowan is open; see the school program page for more information.

NEW: 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 first family show will be given Oct. 5. Details can be found on our public show page.

SPECIAL EVENT: Astronomy Open House. NOTE: Contrary to previous declarations today, the sky appears to be rather cooperative, so we will most likely be using the telescope. Planetarium demos will proceed at all three scheduled times. Sometimes the weather gods are friendly!

Telescopes will be available on the roof of Science Hall to view objects in the current sky, including the Ring Nebula and the great globular cluster M13 in Hercules (and someone should really give that thing a catchier name…). Take the elevator in the western corner of the building to the 4th floor.
If you arrive early enough, you might catch a glimpse of Mars, and perhaps even Saturn and the thin crescent Moon, very low in the southwest; but no guarantees!

Brief live planetarium presentations about the current night sky will be given at 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00.
If this night is cloudy, we will announce it here by Wednesday afternoon. The next scheduled open house will take place on Oct. 29.

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 10/1/2014