The New Jersey State Museum recently announced the start of new Spanish-language programming in the Planetarium. Six Spanish versions of current Planetarium programs have been added to the programming lineup. On the fourth Saturday of each month, beginning on June 24, two Spanish language shows will be presented, at 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Tickets for each show must be purchased at the Planetarium box office on the day of the show; the box office opens 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and $9 for seniors. Patrons should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before their shows as it will start at the listed time.
Guests on June 24 can choose “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 9:30 am or “Touch the Stars” at 10:30 am. “Tales of the Maya Skies” takes us back to the time of the ancient Mayan civilization, and teaches us about Mayan mathematics, architecture, and astronomy. “Touch the Stars” is a tour of the Solar System from the perspective of the robotic spacecraft that have been sent out to explore the Solar System over the last 50 years. The schedule for future programs can be found on the Museum’s website, statemuseum.nj.gov.
The Spanish language programming is part of a series of new offerings in the Planetarium from Assistant Curator of Planetarium Education, Dr. Jacob Hamer. Dr. Hamer joined the staff of the Museum in February 2023. He received a B.A. in Physics and in Mathematics from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City, New York in 2017, and completed his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2022. Dr. Hamer’s doctoral research was on exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, the first of which was discovered the day Jacob was born.
While he has made astronomy his career, he is passionate about all of the natural sciences – as a child, he wanted to be a paleontologist. “Throughout my life, museums have always felt like home to me, so I’m thrilled to join the team here at the New Jersey State Museum. Astronomy is for everyone, and we are pleased to be able to expand our programming for members of the Spanish-speaking community,” says Dr. Hamer.
The New Jersey State Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm; closed on all State holidays. General admission is free. For additional information visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov, like the Museum’s Facebook page (@NJStateMuseum), and follow us on Twitter (njstatemuseum), Instagram (nj_statemuseum) and YouTube (@newjerseystatemuseum1895.)
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