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Learning that is Out of this World!

Photo of Pleiades Star Cluster. photo taken by Ethan CatalanelloObservatories provide a wealth of knowledge that can help us understand the science of astronomy on a whole new level.

During the Spring of 2019, I went to two Public Observatory Nights at the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory on Busch campus of Rutgers University. Although cloudy skies prevented me from viewing the sky from the telescope, I was able to attend a lecture presented by a member of the Rutgers Astronomical Society about the Mars rovers. The lecture explored topics such as the four terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars) and provided an in-depth look at the mission objectives and discoveries of the Mars rovers to date.

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New Exhibit on Meteorites and Planetary Science!

Meteorite Blog Cover showing planetary layer samplesUnveiled at our Annual Open House in January, the Rutgers Geology Museum’s newest exhibit shows visitors how tiny space rocks, or meteorites, tell the big story of the formation of the stars and planets.

Through the guidance of Rutgers University’s own resident meteorite expert, Dr. Juliane Gross of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, this three-part exhibit details the formation history of our Solar System, describes the origin and differences between the types of meteorites, and describes the formation of layered planets, like our own.

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2019 Open House Recap

P1260013Our polar-themed, 51st Open House this January was a big hit with our highest attendance ever! Everyone had a great time learning how scientists conduct research in the extreme cold, how meteorites are collected in Antarctica, and how drones can be used to map glaciers!

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Explore the Poles at our 51st Annual Open House!

Greenland Ice SheetAs the end of January quickly approaches, we can be assured of a few things: the temperatures will surely start to plummet, all New Jerseyans will start to stalk the weather forecasts for oncoming snow, and the Rutgers Geology Museum will hold its Annual Open House event!

For the 51st year, visitors, scientists, rock and mineral enthusiasts, and children young and old will converge on the College Avenue Campus on the last Saturday in January to spend the day embracing their inner geologist. 

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Schedule a Tour


Looking for a field trip for your school or an outing for your group? How about a guided tour of the Rutgers Geology Museum? Tours can be book through out the year for any group of 10 or more people. Visit our tour information page for more details.

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