Space Science Events

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has a number of Space Science themed events throughout the year, from Starry Nights to Solar Sundays and more.


September 6 | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Free

After the general meeting of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, club members and museum staff will study the moon in the observatory, weather permitting.

For more information, check here.


October 2014: A month of Eclipses!

Total Lunar Eclipse - October 8, 2014

October 8 | 3:30 – 5:30 a.m. | Adults $4; Seniors and Members $3; Children $2 | Event will be canceled if the sky is cloudy


It will be worth getting up early on October 8 to see a total lunar eclipse! Doors will open at 3:30 a.m., shortly after the partial phase of the eclipse begins. The total eclipse will be visible for about an hour starting at 4:30 a.m. Track the Earth’s shadow across the moon and view other objects in the early morning sky through telescopes.  

For official event listing, check here.

Partial Solar Eclipse - October 23, 2014

October 23 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Included in Museum Admission


Safely view the only partial eclipse of the sun visible from North America for the next three years. During the deepest part of the eclipse around 4:40 p.m., approximately 36% of the sun will be blocked by the moon’s shadow. Specially filtered telescopes will be available on the observatory deck, weather permitting.

For official event listing, check here.


Fractal Fridays

Photo by Velvet Valentine

The First Friday of every month

First Friday Fractals is the spectacular, award-winning fulldome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining, and suitable for audiences 3 and up.


Solar Sundays

September 21 & November 16, 2014

Solar Sunday10:00AM - 2:00PM

In addition to viewing the sun in several ways through a variety of specially-filtered telescopes provided by the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, fun family activities will demonstrate the power of the Sun’s light, heat, and radiation. Kids can color their own sun, make solar-powered jewelry, and learn how to protect their eyes in the daytime. Learn about the tiny rocks that orbit the sun from the UNM Institute of Meteoritics. The ABC Library System will sign visitors up for their reading programs.