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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: https://www.facebook.com/NMMNHS


Upcoming Events

November 11, 2019 - 7:00am

There’s a little black spot on the sun today, and it won’t be there again for 13 more years!  The planet Mercury will be passing in front of the sun as seen from the Earth at dawn on the morning of November 11, 2019.  This event is not visible without special solar-filtered telescopes, and those will be provided by the museum and The Albuquerque Astronomical Society on the Sandia Deck, which has an unobstructed view of the Sandias and the sunrise.  The museum’s front doors will open at 7 a.m. for a quick trip upstairs to see this rare astronomical event for free.  At 9 a.m., the entire museum will open and normal admission will be charged for entrance.  The transit will end at approximately 11 a.m.  If the sky is cloudy that morning, the museum will not be accessible until 9 a.m., and live streams of the transit from other locations in the world will be available.  This article has more information on solar transits:
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/mercury-transit.html

See an animation of what the transit will look like from Albuquerque here:
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/albuquerque


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