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The Planetarium will present shows at the times listed in the chart below during Balloon Fiesta on October 4 & 5.
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
Little Star that Could
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 with basic information about our solar system.
Life: A Cosmic Story
How did life on Earth begin? Take a high-speed tour of key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. Starting with the first stars and ending with the tremendous biological diversity on Earth today, Life: A Cosmic Story shows how the human pedigree is actually 13.7 billion years in the making. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster.
Come to this program with any questions you may have about astronomy. During this live, interactive show, audience members are asked what they are interested in learning about the sky and that influences what is discussed. The presenters will do their best to not only answer your questions but illustrate with available visuals on the dome.
Phantom of the Universe
Phantom of the Universe reveals the first hints of dark matter's existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.
From there, the show journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter. Narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
First Friday Fractals
Fractals will return when the museum has sufficient staffing to reopen on first Friday evenings.
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