Our traveling planetarium
can bring the stars down to the Earth - and to your school!
The planetarium's astronomy expert will set up an amazing inflatable
dome in your gym or multi-purpose room. Up to four classes per
day will spend 45 minutes with our astronomer studying the constellations,
planets and other wonders of the night sky.
through 9th grade
|45 minutes. Maximum
of 4 shows per day
| Maximum of 25
students and teachers within the dome
|Starlab requires a 12-foot
high ceiling in a 25x25 foot area. The dome can not be set
up outdoors. A single AC electrical outlet will be
|Custodial or adult assistance
for transport from car to presentation area.
|Set-up: 45 minutes. Take-down:
|Star identification, Constellations
and mythology, Observing seasonal changes in the
sky. Moon phases. Solar system and galaxy. All programs
are age/grade appropriate.
|$200 for the first show,
$150 for each show thereafter. maximum of 4 shows per
The portable Planetarium is sizable;
roughly 12 feet high and 20 feet across. Please select a location
large enough to accommodate the planetarium entirely.
Please schedule no more than four, 50 minute time blocks for
programs for each day the planetarium will be at your school.
This time includes 5-10 minutes to give initial directions and
enter the planetarium, 35-40 minutes for the astronomy show,
and 5 minutes to exit the dome. Please allow 10 minutes between
each session. This gives the astronomer time to prepare for
the next group. Each session, therefore, is a total of 50 minutes
with an additional 10 minutes passing time. (Total time required
for each program: 1 hour)
If additional programs are required, special arrangements must
be made with your program consultant at NJACE.
At lunch time, if you need the planetarium taken down, we can
accommodate you. We’ll need at least 15 minutes to clear
the room before you set up for lunch and at least 30 minutes
to set up again after the room has been cleared and the floor
swept. Many schools have their children eat in their rooms while
the planetarium is in the school. Also, please leave at least
30 minutes free, at some point, for the astronomer to have lunch.
We hope the teacher will accompany his or her students into the
planetarium, although we understand some may be unable. Each
show must have at least one teacher in attendance to help supervise.
To enter the dome, a short tunnel must be traveled. We ask the
students to crawl on hands and knees through the tunnel. Adults
can walk in a stooped position. For handicapped persons, the
dome can be lifted, and no tunnel is needed.
Telescopes for Star
We can arrange for amateur
astronomers to bring their telescopes to your evening star
Fee: $250 per telescope. An
additional travel fee may be included.
We recommend 1-2 telescopes per 50
people attending your event.
further information, please
call the Planetarium at (908) 231-8805
Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm,
e-mail us at: email@example.com
available by NJACE &
The Planetarium at Raritan
Valley Community College