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Space Science Events
2019 Dates and Times:
|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||7 - 11 a.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
November 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
November 20 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 astronaut's second day on the lunar surface. To celebrate this historic event, take part in a truly unique experience as you "walk on the Moon" (on a giant lunar floor map). The Museum is the only place in NM and one of only a few places in the country to have this giant moon map on loan from NASA. We are the first to have this geological lunar map after its appearance on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate the Apollo 11 Anniversary. New Mexico has long been involved in studying the geology of the Moon, using New Mexico's volcanoes as analogs to lunar volcanism.
So...come walk on the moon...this afternoon. Hands-on activities for all ages will include virtual reality apps based on the Apollo missions. A video loop will show highlights of the Apollo 12 mission.