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2019 Dates and Times:

Dates Observing Event
January 3 12 - 3 p.m. New Horizons at Ultima Thule
January 4 6 - 8 p.m. First Friday - Lunar Eclipse Preview
January 20 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Supermoon Total Eclipse
February 1 6 - 8 p.m. First Friday - Fall in Love with Science
March 1 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday - Brain Teasers
April 5 8 - 9 p.m. First Friday - Gray Matters
April 10 8 - 9 p.m. Stargazing at Valle de Oro NWR
May 3 8:30 - 9 p.m. First Friday - Be Safe
June 7 8:30 - 9 p.m. First Friday
June 30 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Asteroid Day
July 5 8:30 - 9 p.m. First Friday - To the Moon and Back
July 20 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Apollo 11 Anniversary
August 2 8:30 - 9 p.m. First Friday
TBA 8 - 9 p.m. Sandia Mountain Stargazing
September 6 8 - 9 p.m. First Friday
October 4 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday - Intl. Observe the Moon Night
November 1 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday
November 11 12 - 4 p.m. Transit of Mercury
December 6 6 - 8 p.m. Old Town Holiday Stroll

In 2019, we're offering monthly night-sky observing opportunities to coincide with museum, local, or international events.  More specific information about each activity will be updated below as the day draws closer.  These events are subject to change and may happen at locations other than the museum.
Members of local astronomy groups will help you study the moon and stars through a variety of telescopes. Each event will feature any visible planets and other interesting objects in the sky.
The observing part of any event may be canceled when the sky is cloudy.  If weather conditions are in question, check the museum's Facebook page for updates an hour before each event is scheduled to begin:

Upcoming Events

July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm

2019 Voices in Science Lecture Series

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's flight to the Moon. New Mexico space author Loretta Hall will take you along on the journey that sent the first human beings to a brand new world.

Loretta Hall is an award winning author of "Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words", "Out of this World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel", "The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List", and "Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America." Among other writing awards, she was a Silver Winner in the Science category of the IndieFab awards for "Space Pioneers." She is also an award-winning speaker and a Space Ambassador for the National Space Society.

There will be a book signing.

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Purchase Here Questions:

July 19, 2019 - 11:00am

On July 19, NASA TV will broadcast live from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the historic, newly-restored Apollo mission control room at Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. This special broadcast will look in live on Neil Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, see the Apollo 11 command module on display in Seattle, and see slices of Americana at other anniversary celebrations around the country. Hear directly from Apollo astronauts alongside current and future astronauts, scientists, engineers, and others sharing some untold stories, quirky facts, and personal reflections about journeying to the lunar surface. NASA information handouts about Apollo will be available.

July 20, 2019 - 10:00am

On the July 20 anniversary date of the first moon landing, the museum will present a showing of a Smithsonian Channel documentary, The Day We Walked on the Moon. This program tells the story of how we got to the moon through spectacular footage and interviews with key figures in the Apollo 11 mission, including astronaut Michael Collins and iconic Flight Director Gene Kranz. The video will start at 10 a.m. in the STEM Lecture Hall and run continuously though most of the day along with moon-related table activities. This screening is possible due to the Museum’s Smithsonian Affiliation. At various times throughout the day, NASA TV coverage of the Apollo anniversary will be shown in in the ViewSpace Theater.

The museum will host a public meeting of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society in the planetarium on the evening of the 20th with doors reopening at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., a local resident who worked on space technologies will share memories of early space flight. Jim Mayo collaborated with NASA astronauts to develop optics for the Gemini and Apollo programs and is currently Chief Optics Engineer at Tau Technologies. The anniversary celebration will conclude with light refreshments.

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