The Newark Museum is holding a day-long celebration this Saturday, May 22, to mark the re-opening of its Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium. Thanks to support from NASA, the planetarium has undergone a major tech upgrade, including high-def digital video projection and state-of-the-art surround sound.
Dubbed AstroFest, the day will introduce three new planetarium shows that will be on view through June 30: One World, One Sky; Origins Of Life; and Zula Patrol. In addition, kids will be able to climb on a giant inflatable model of the space shuttle and create a miniature working model rocket. There will be a workshop in building a sundial and learning how to tell time with the sun, and on exploring the phases of the moon and the night sky. The planetarium will also have a show on the father of modern astronomy, Galileo.
AstroFest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, although museum doors will open at 10 a.m. Admission to the planetarium is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, seniors and college students.