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The Planetarium is closed for a renovation of the seating, carpet, wall treatments, and safety systems. Reopening should occur in April.
Two planetarium programs a day will be offered in The Albuquerque Astronomical Society's portable system. Since this dome gathers audiences into a small, enclosed space, shows will be discontinued after Sunday, March 15.
The safety and security of the public and employees is our highest priority. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community, in conjunction with state officials. Museums, facilities, and services will remain open. All museum programs through April 9, 2020 have been canceled. We will provide ongoing updates as necessary.
The Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is an amazing theater that blends art, science, and fun! 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, flying to the planets in our solar system, or watching mind-bending fractal zooms, the Planetarium will be an experience that you and your family will not soon forget!
Now Showing in the Planetarium
Earth, Moon & Sun
Coyote Has A Razor-Sharp Wit...
But He’s A Little Confused About What He Sees in The Sky.
Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
Dawn of the Space Age
From the first satellite, Sputnik, all the way to human missions and robotic explorations, this exciting program allows you to witness key moments in the history of space flight.
Earth's Wild Ride
Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren?
Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the granddaughter knows, and the Earth, where the grandfather has spent most of his life.
As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.
Earth's Wild Ride is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except "the old country" is really another planet, always visible from the moon base, but totally unlike the granddaughter's world. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Adventure and appreciation for home fill this journey back to the Earth.
Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project.
First Friday Fractals
First Friday of Each Month at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.
Explore the never-ending world of fractals in this award-winning and inspiring planetarium program. The shows take audiences on a journey through the infinitely complex patterns known as fractals. This live, narrated show explores the fractal patterns in nature as well showing how math can become incredibly beautiful. The abstract landscapes that emerge from simple equations inspire fascination and wonder as they bring us face to face with the infinite.
Shows frequently sell out. Purchase tickets in advance from the Fractal Foundation