Special Events

Special Events

Planetarium Special Events


June 24, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hollybush Summit with an Edelman Planetarium original production, 10 Minutes to War!

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, a storm on the Sun nearly caused World War 3. Amidst all the tension a meeting would take place at Hollybush Mansion in Glassboro, NJ between President Johnson and the Soviet Premier. Discover our Sun and how storms there can have major effects on Earth. Find out how a small college town in southern New Jersey found itself thrown into the international political stage and fly along as we countdown 10 minutes to war!

The show is free and open to the public. Showtimes will be every 30 minutes.


Schedule of Events

12:00 - 10 Minutes To War

12:30 - 10 Minutes To War

1:00 - 10 Minutes To War

1:30 - 10 Minutes To War

2:00 - 10 Minutes To War

2:30 - 10 Minutes To War

3:00 - 10 Minutes To War

3:30 - 10 Minutes To War



June 30, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids, the impact hazard they may pose, and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is held each year on the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.

Join the Edelman Planetarium as we celebrate Asteroid Day with free shows, hands-on activities and a special talk with Dr. Harold C. Connolly Jr., Rowan Geology Department Chair and NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission Sample Scientist.

Hands-on Activities:

  • Create your own Pocket Solar System!
  • Get up close and personal with some 3D printed models of asteroids

Planetarium Shows:
  • Asteroid Impact Mission - The Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) is a European Space Agency's mission, scheduled to be launched in 2020. AIM will travel to a binary asteroid system – the paired Didymos asteroids, which will come a comparatively close 16 million km to Earth in 2022. ESA considers AIM to be a small mission of opportunity to demonstrate technologies mainly in the telecommunications domain, but as its Proba family of missions has demonstrated, the best way to prove new technologies is to achieve valuable scientific return.
  • Incoming! - In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Incoming!, audiences will discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. From the comfort of a planetarium seat, viewers will embark on a dynamic journey on the trail of asteroids and comets, get an up close look at the advanced technologies that allow scientists to detect asteroids before they reach Earth, and visualize historic space events billions of years in the making—all within an immersive, all-digital dome that brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins to life like never before. Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made by sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds.

Guest Lecturer:
Dr. Harold C. Connolly Jr.


Schedule of Events

1:30 - Asteroid Impact Mission

2:00 - Incoming!

3:00 - Exploring Asteroids Through Sample Return: The Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx Space Missions - Dr. Harold C. Connolly Jr.