After many years of planning and nearly a year of work, the new Madeline D. and Joseph J. Longo Planetarium has reopened! Our new Planetarium and digital theater â€“ an $800,000 upgrade â€“ offer more capabilities than ever before. Stay tuned for new programs and creative uses of our new, state-of-the-art facility.
Thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and private foundations, more than $600,000 was raised for the new Longo planetarium.Â Click here for a list of donors.
The universe is just one of the many things we can present in our new theater. Now, almost anything that can be imagined in the cosmos can be presented in new and exciting ways. Our dome is perfect for our Introduction to Astronomy and General Astronomy classes here at CCM, but also perfect for presentations in Meteorology, History, Archeology, Communications and Literature. Local grade school students, who make up the majority of our visitors every year, will benefit from our ability to augment their educations in science and space science.
Our new planetarium seats 91 people, and besides the new interior with new seating, thereâ€™s a new sound system, lighting and an exciting gallery of space images in the newly renovated lobby and entrance area.
Public shows are available on some weekends (see our schedule for more details), and we specialize in programs for school groups during the week.
The fee for all shows:
School Groups K â€“ 12 grade $5 per person
Public shows $10 per person
Private Groups (Pre-K, Scouts, Church groups)Â $10 per person.
$300 Customized show
$500 Customized show with live music (25 person minimum).
All programs start promptly at the times indicated. Late entry will not be allowed into the dome, so make sure to arrive early, and plan for unexpected delays in travel and parking.
For reservations, scheduling, and general information contact:
Dawn Doland, Planetarium Reservationist: 973-328-5076.
To speak to the astronomer directly:
Chris Fenwick, Planetarium Astronomer: 973-328-5755