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New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

Events At The Museum

Upcoming Events

Science Under the Stars: Supermassive Black Holes Across the Universe

Science Under the Stars

March 16, 4:15 PM
Dr. Charlotte Ward, Princeton University

Join our guest speaker, Dr. Charlotte Ward of Princeton University, for a free talk in the Museum’s Planetarium to learn about one of the hottest topics in modern astronomy! Did you know that almost every galaxy has a supermassive black hole hiding in its center? In this talk, Dr. Charlotte Ward will take you on a tour of the supermassive black holes across the cosmos, from our very own Milky Way to the farthest reaches of the visible Universe. She will explain how astronomers detect black holes at various distances from Earth, and present recent discoveries on how these black holes first formed about 13 billion years ago. Registration link:

Science Under the Stars: Ice dunes or molten hellscape? Using dynamics to constrain the habitability of exoplanets

Science Under the Stars

April 20, 4:15 PM

Join us in the Planetarium for this free talk! Guest speaker Dr. Mariah MacDonald, The College of New Jersey, covers what it means for a planet to be habitable and how we can use the dynamics of planets to study their composition, formation, and evolution. Astrobiology seeks to understand how planets can support life and seeks to constrain the frequency of habitable planets. Current estimates suggest that nearly 10% of Sun-like stars host rocky planets in their habitable zones and that the Milky Way alone hosts an average of 0.35 Earth-like planets per star. Register

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Local families are welcome to register for the Small Explorers program, taking place in the Discovery Den on the second Saturday of the month. This playgroup is an opportunity for you to explore the Museum with your child and connect with other families for support. Families are encouraged to sign up for a full year of sessions to build knowledge, skills and relationships. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. Sessions take place in-person at 9:45, 11:00 and 12:15 PM in the Discovery Den, The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. Contact to learn more and register.

Small Explorers is supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great.

NOTE: Registration requests must be received by 10:00 am the Friday before the event in order to allow time for staff to confirm space availability.

Visit the Events/Calendar page for monthly program details and to register.




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