Special Events

Special Events

Planetarium Special Events

The Farthest: Voyager in Space - Solar Eclipse Event 

 

The Farthest: Voyager In Space Pre-Screening Event

August 20, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Edelman Planetarium is proud to announce we will be hosting a free pre-screening of the new PBS movie, The Farthest: Voyager in Space on Sunday, August 20th  - the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Featuring more than 20 of the original and current Voyager team members, The Farthest spotlights the extraordinary success story of NASA’s Voyager mission. The twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved key questions about the outer planets, and raised intriguing new ones about the evolution of our solar system. And they each carry a now-iconic Golden Record, developed by Carl Sagan, which contains greetings from humanity, music (including Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode), images of Earth, and sounds of nature—a gift to any aliens that might one day find it.

The film celebrates the magnificent Voyager probes, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. From the aluminum foil that was added at the last minute to protect the craft from radiation; to the near disasters at launch; to the emergency maneuvers that fixed a crucial frozen instrument platform, The farthest reveals how difficult—and rewarding—space exploration can be.

Originally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft took advantage of a once-in-176-year planetary alignment and used gravity-assisted slingshot trajectories to extend the missions, with Voyager 2 also visiting Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft—equipped with less computing power than a modern cell phone—sent back unprecedented images and data from all four outer planets and their many spectacular moons.

Four decades later, Voyager 1 has traveled almost 13 billion miles and Voyager 2 more than 10 billion. Both nuclear-powered spacecraft continue to send back data. In 2012, Voyager 1, which is traveling at more than 320 million miles per year, became the first human-made object to break out of our solar system, ushering humanity into the interstellar age. And a billion years from now, when our sun has flamed out and burned Earth to a cinder, the Voyagers and their golden records will still be sailing on—perhaps the only remaining evidence that humanity every existed. The Farthest premieres on PBS on August 23 at 9:00 pm.

During the event we will be doing hands-on activities in the atrium. The screening starts at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Register in advance to guarantee your spot!

Hands-on Activities:

  • Create your own Pocket Solar System!
  • Imagine Life

Schedule of Events

6:00 - Hands-on Activities

7:00 - The Farthest: Voyager in Space

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Solar Eclipse Event

August 21, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. Here in Southern New Jersey, we will see a 75% partial eclipse. Join us at the Edelman Planetarium as we witness this beautiful celestial event!

  • Free planetarium show, Totality. See the schedule for showtimes.
  • Free eclipse glasses to the first 1,000 visitors for safe views of the Sun and Moon
  • Solar telescopes for safe views of the Sun and Moon on the Science Hall grounds from 1:00 - 4:00
  • Hands-on Activities on the Science Hall grounds from 1:00 - 4:00
  • Live Streaming of the Total Solar Eclipse from around the USA 
  • Much more!

Eclipse Glasses

We have 1,000 glasses that we are distributing for free during the event. Distribution will begin at 1:00 pm on a first come, first served basis. We do not have any extra glasses.

Visitors with their own eclipse glasses are still welcome to attend our viewing party!

Worried you won't have eclipse glasses? Consider making a pinhole projector. They are easy to make and simple to use! Find some cool ideas for projectors from the American Astronomical Society.

Registration

Registration for the event is not required. We have 1,000 eclipse glasses that we are distributing for free starting at 1:00 pm. All glasses, activities and planetarium show tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Doors open at 12:00 pm for guests attending the 12:30 pm show. Visitors will not be allowed in Science Hall prior to 1:00  pm.

Hands-on Activities:

  • Big Sun, Small Moon: Explore why eclipses occur
  • Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipses
  • Create your own pocket solar system
  • Make your own planisphere

Schedule of Events

12:30 - Planetarium Show - Totality

1:00 - Planetarium Show - Totality

1:30 - Planetarium Show - Totality

2:00 - Planetarium Show - Totality

2:30 - Welcome on the Science Hall Grounds

2:45 - Maximum Eclipse

3:30 - Planetarium Show - Totality

Hands-on Activities, Solar Telescopes and other activities will be available on the grounds of Science Hall from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

 

Parking

Parking for the eclipse event is in Lot C and Lot D. Pleave refer to the map of campus for more information.