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

Back to the Moon—For Good begins Sept. 28. 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.

Viewing Earth from space. Four commercial-grade cameras were recently installed on the outer surface of the International Space Station. This is an experiment to see how well such cameras work in the space environment.
You can watch a live video feed from the system on your computer. Here’s how to do it.
1. Go to eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/.
2. Read the message below the images on the right beginning “If you see…” If this applies to you—if you see “WHERE IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?” near the top of the upper image—go to www.esa.int and click the button to allow your computer to accept cookies from this site. Then return to the previous page. You should only have to perform this step once; your Web browser will now remember that this site is OK.
3. There are three animated images. On the upper right you can see the track of the ISS as it performs its 93-minute orbit. The yellow icon just to the right of the ISS shows its position in its previous orbit; the white icon to the left shows its position in its next orbit. The orbit of the ISS is not really changing that fast: rather, Earth is turning underneath it. In the middle of the daytime area you can see an icon showing the position directly underneath the Sun.
4. The lower right image is a Google map of the terrain underneath the ISS. You’ll probably want to click the “-“ button two or three times to expand your view. Then you’ll see labels telling you which country the ISS is passing over.
5. The large window on the left is the video feed from the camera system: this is where the live action is. If the entire window is black, it’s because the ISS is in the Earth’s shadow: it’s nighttime onboard the satellite. If the image is gray, either the system is switching to another camera (which only takes a few seconds, and happens occasionally) or there has been an interruption in the video stream (usually because the ISS is not within range of a radio relay satellite), so you’ll have to wait a few minutes (the text below suggests 30 minutes, but it doesn’t usually take this long) until the feed is restored.
6. You can expand the video to fill your screen by hovering your mouse over the image, then clicking the double-headed arrow at lower right.
7. Enjoy the view! There are several interesting things to watch for. You can see a portion of the station in one camera become brightly illuminated several minutes before you start to see Earth’s surface appear. Watching a sunset is great fun. While passing over land, compare the live video feed to what you’re seeing on the other two animated maps. Remember that you’ll a sunrise and a sunset every 93 minutes!
Warning: the view can be hypnotic. Don’t start watching right before an important meeting!


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 7/18/2014