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Space Science Events
2019 Dates and Times:
|January 3||12 - 3 p.m.||New Horizons at Ultima Thule|
|January 4||6 - 8 p.m.||First Friday - Lunar Eclipse Preview|
|January 20||8:30 - 11:30 p.m.||Supermoon Total Eclipse|
|February 1||6 - 8 p.m.||First Friday - Fall in Love with Science|
|March 1||7 - 9 p.m.||First Friday - Brain Teasers|
|April 5||8 - 9 p.m.||First Friday - Gray Matters|
|April 10||8 - 9 p.m.||Stargazing at Valle de Oro NWR|
|May 3||8:30 - 9 p.m.||First Friday - Be Safe|
|June 7||8:30 - 9 p.m.||First Friday|
|June 30||10 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Asteroid Day|
|July 5||8:30 - 9 p.m.||First Friday - To the Moon and Back|
|July 20||10 a.m. - 9 p.m.||Apollo 11 Anniversary|
|August 2||8:30 - 9 p.m.||First Friday|
|TBA||8 - 9 p.m.||Sandia Mountain Stargazing|
|September 6||8 - 9 p.m.||First Friday|
|October 4||7 - 9 p.m.||First Friday - Intl. Observe the Moon Night|
|November 1||7 - 9 p.m.||First Friday|
|November 11||7 - 11 a.m.||Transit of Mercury|
|December 6||6 - 8 p.m.||Old Town Holiday Stroll|
In 2019, we're offering monthly night-sky observing opportunities to coincide with museum, local, or international events. More specific information about each activity will be updated below as the day draws closer. These events are subject to change and may happen at locations other than the museum.
Members of local astronomy groups will help you study the moon and stars through a variety of telescopes. Each event will feature any visible planets and other interesting objects in the sky.
The observing part of any event may be canceled when the sky is cloudy. If weather conditions are in question, check the museum's Facebook page for updates an hour before each event is scheduled to begin: https://www.facebook.com/NMMNHS
December 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings by taking part in a truly unique experience as you "walk on the Moon" (on a giant lunar floor map). The Museum is the only place in New Mexico and one of the few places in the country to have this 60' X 20' moon map on loan from NASA. We are the first to have this geological lunar map after its appearance on the National Mall in Washington DC to celebrate the Apollo 11 Anniversary. New Mexico has long been involved in studying the geology of the Moon, using New Mexico's volcanoes as analogs to lunar volcanism.
Visitors are allowed to walk on the map if they remove their shoes and have socks on. Sorry, but our temporary loan agreement prohibits strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. So...come walk on the moon...this afternoon. Activities for all ages will include virtual reality apps and a video loop showing highlights of the Apollo missions.