Family Event To Mark Planetarium Makeover


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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.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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