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Planetarium

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!

From December 14 - 21, the regularly-scheduled 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. shows will be substituted for laser shows.  For more information, visit the museum's event calendar and click on the show which interests you.

Now Showing in the Planetarium

The Little Star that Could

This popular and well-loved story owned and created by The Saint Louis Science Center over 20 years ago has been updated with accurate astronomical information. Have no fear; the story basically remains the same with all of your favorite stars! For those of you who are not familiar with the show, “The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System.

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.

 

Incoming!

 

Narrated by George Takei, our award-winning planetarium show explores asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins.

Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet.

Scientists aren't waiting for asteroids and comets to come to us to learn more about them—get an up-close look at spacecraft sent to rocky asteroids and icy comets to collect invaluable data. You’ll follow the trek of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered the Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and visualize major shifts in the history of the Solar System billions of years in the making—and all in under an hour.

Black Holes

The immensity and power of black holes inspire wonder and curiosity. As we consider these stellar enigmas, the very nature of space time is warped as we approach. The mass of a large star has collapsed and compressed into an area so small that space and time have no meaning within its bounds. Our journey also visits super-massive black holes of unfathomable size at the central point of galaxies. These hidden monsters constrain their entire galaxies around them in a kaleidoscopic gravitational dance.

Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain these riddles of nature in Black Holes!  Narrated by John de Lancie.

Enchanted Skies

This live, interactive 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.

The content of this show can be customized to meet the needs of the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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