The Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is an amazing theater that blends art, science, and fun! The largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in New Mexico, our 55' Sky-Skan Definiti, full-dome theater features educational and entertaining multimedia presentations on astronomy and space science. Whether it's learning about the constellations in our night sky tonight or watching mind-bending fractal zooms, the Planetarium will be an experience that you and your family will not soon forget!
Shows run Wednesday - Monday; closed Tuesday
|11:00 am||Earth, Moon, and Sun|
|12:00 pm||Back to the Moon: For Good|
|2:00 pm||Enchanted Skies|
|4:00 pm||Back to the Moon: For Good|
This show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.
His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.
Back To The Moon For Good is an exciting, educational fulldome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen
The show opens in the 1960s and 70s with the landers and orbiters that taught us the moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. The Apollo missions which brought humans to the lunar surface are relived. Then the program looks to the future with the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which is designed to create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft. The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future.
This live tour of the heavens above New Mexico changes constantly and highlights the planets, constellations, deep sky objects and special astronomical events coming soon to a sky near you.