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/planetarium/parking/ To contact the director, call 856.256.4389, or email planetarium@rowan.edu. Our address (but note that this is just the generic Rowan mailing address):

Edelman Planetarium

Science Hall, Rowan University

201 Mullica Hill Road

Glassboro NJ  08028



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.

Social Media. Connect with the planetarium on Social Media. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. We'll post the latest information about shows, observatory open houses, special events and much more!

Online Tickets. We now offer online ticket sales for our public show, From Earth to the Universe! Visit the Rowan Online Marketplace to purchase your tickets in advance. Use coupon code SKY for children, senior, Rowan student and Rowan alumni tickets.

OSIRIS-REx Mission Update
. Rowan University geologist Harold C. Connolly, Jr. will discuss his work as the mission sample scientist on NASA’s first mission to collect an asteroid sample and return it to Earth in a free public talk on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 pm.

As the mission sample scientist for OSIRIS-REx, Connolly will oversee research on the sample material collected during the mission. The founding chair of Rowan’s new Department of Geology in the School of Earth & Environment, Connolly will lead the team that examines up to 4.4 pounds of sample material from the asteroid, known as Bennu, to help scientists gain a better understanding about the early Solar System and the origins of life and the Earth’s oceans.

The $1 billion OSIRIS-REx mission, which launched on Sept. 8, will return the asteroid sample to Earth in 2023. During his talk, Connolly will give an update on the progress of the history-making mission and discuss his role in it.

Observatory Open House Nights.Observe the skies through our 16" telescope
during our observatory open house nights! Open houses are offered once a month (weather permitting) during the semester. They start 30 minutes before sunset in the planetarium. We will do a brief tour of the night sky and then escort you to the 4th floor observatory.

Observing will be done through the 16" telescope in the observing dome and through smaller telescopes on the observing deck - be sure to dress for the

  • Oct. 6 (6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
    Back up date is Oct. 7
  • Nov. 7 (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) - This is an observing only event.
    Back up date is Nov. 9
  • Dec. 6 (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) - This is an observing only event.
    Back up date is Dec. 7

Homecoming. Come to the College of Science and Math tent to observe the Sun on Saturday, Oct. 8th. We'll have special telescopes set up to safely view the Sun. While you're here, be sure to check out some of the other great homecoming events!

International Observe the Moon Night. Observe the Moon with us on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. during International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

InOMN is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together.

We'll be showing free shows in the planetarium and observing the Moon through our telescopes in the 4th floor observatory throughout the event.

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The Edelman Planetarium offers public 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 9/27/2016