Planetariums In New Jersey: An Out Of This World Experience

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Kids and a curiosity about all things space tend to go hand-in-hand, so it’s only natural to introduce them to one of the planetariums in New Jersey to make them feel out of this world. Whether it’s visiting the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere at the Liberty Science Center, observing a Harry Potter take on space at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, or taking in a Laser Show at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium, your family will love spending the day or night taking a trip into space. Read on for information about where to go to space out—no rocket required.

Featured Photo Credit: Liberty Science Center

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8 Planetariums in New Jersey to see the stars

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
With Sky Shows, Laser Shows, and Full Dome Movies, this planetarium in New Jersey is one you won’t want to miss. Located inside Ocean County Community College in Toms River, you can learn about the solar system, the stars, Earth, and more in the 103-seat dome theater.
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754 

Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium
Dubbed the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, this stunning space is located inside the Liberty Science Center. The 89-foot full-dome view of the night sky and distant galaxies will leave you in absolute wonder as you look up and take it all in. Catch one of their live shows and holiday laser shows, and be sure to visit the museum’s other exhibits after.
Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

New Jersey State Museum Planetarium 
Enjoy space in high definition at this newly updated planetarium in NJ. Thanks to the recent facelift, spending time in this dome will make you feel as if you actually took a trip to space. Each month, the planetarium hosts sky talks and discusses all that is happening in the sky. Currently, they are rolling out new shows and family activities for the reopening (October 30).
205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium
This planetarium in New Jersey has something for everyone, from a 3M observatory to fun events like “Skies Over Hogwarts” for all the Harry Potter lovers (and kids will love Astronaut Ice Cream in the gift shop). Discover a world of wonder and beauty when you look up in the domed observatory or look through the portable telescopes.
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

The Buzz Aldrin Astronomical Center
With hours that are only after dark, this observatory is the perfect place to see the night sky up close and personal. When you visit the observatory, you will first be taken on a tour of the facility before having the chance to look through the most extensive public telescope in New Jersey (weather permitting) to observe the beautiful night sky.
Observatory Road, High Bridge, NJ 08829 

Sperry Observatory
Every Friday, this observatory invites the public to come and experience an informative talk followed by views of the night sky. Located in Union County College, the observatory is the home to two of the largest telescopes on the East Coast for amateur use. The space also includes an 18-foot dome and a 20-foot dome made of fiberglass.
1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016

Ric and Jean Edelman Planetarium 
Sit back, relax and look up at the sky in this planetarium’s 360-degree video digital sky at Rowan University. This planetarium offers public shows, private school trips, and special one-time events. During their open house hours, you can stargaze and view the real night sky through their telescopes.
Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 

County College of Morris Planetarium
Located in the County College of Morris, this venue has family programs for all ages to learn about planets and the galaxy. Check out the weekly calendar for programs like storytelling, star tours, and extreme events in space.
214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, NJ 07869 

What planetariums in New Jersey have you been to?

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Karen lives in Central Jersey with her two dogs, one cat, husband and daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she has been writing and working in the social media field for a few years. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a mom, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the NJ Mom team!

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