‘The Astronomical World of Harry Potter’ at Novins Planetarium in September

‘Laser Queen’ Premiere Sept. 21
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 28, 2019

Toms Rivers — The Novins Academy of Wizardry is again welcoming students for magical and astronomical experiences. Visit Ocean County College’s Robert J. Novins Planetarium in September for “The Astronomical World of Harry Potter” events and more.

“Learn how the characters in the fabled Harry Potter stories take their origins from the stars,” the planetarium staff notes. “Try some potions, play games, make wands, then test your knowledge, practice spell-casting and find your favorite characters and creatures in our full-dome night sky!”

Beginner Astronomy events are planned for 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 28. “This special class is offered to beginner astronomers to learn how some of your favorite famous witches and wizards got their names and stories,” said the Novins staff. This event is recommended for ages 8 and older.

An Advanced Astronomy course, meanwhile, is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 – for “all N.E.W.T. level students and magical alumni.” This event is recommended for adults and children ages 12 and older.

Tickets for “The Astronomical World of Harry Potter” go on sale at noon on Sept. 9. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Limit six tickets per order.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (60-plus) and $20 for children (12 and younger).

Also in September, the planetarium is premiering its new “Laser Queen” show, set for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. “Start with a layer of heavy metal, add a dash of glam and a pinch of astrophysics, and sprinkle liberally with theatrics,” states the Novins website, ocean.edu/planetarium. “Only then will you get a sense of what makes up the legendary Queen, the band often touted as the most educated rock band to ever live.

Laser show songs include “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions,” “Bicycle Race,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “I Want To Break Free,” “Under Pressure,” “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Gaga,” “Princes Of The Universe” and “The Show Must Go On.”

To learn more about planetarium presentations, visit ocean.edu/planetarium. For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.ocean.edu or call 732-255-0343. The planetarium is located on OCC’s main campus on College Drive in Toms River.  —J.K.-H.

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