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Starry Nights

2019 Dates and Times:

Dates Observing Event
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
August 2 8:30 - 9 p.m. First Friday
September 4 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 12 - 4 p.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:

Upcoming Events

April 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

On April 5, 2019, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science leaping into spring with a very special First Friday focused on what matters ... Gray Matter! 

Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30 – 9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science. On this very special First Friday until 8 p.m., explore ways to keep your brain and body healthy. From puzzles to activities to exploring the benefits of volunteering, celebrate the many ways we keep our neurons firing and our muscles moving. This event is perfect for the entire family and will feature kid’s activities and family fun.

The DynaTheater will be showing the film Museum Alive for an additional $5 at 6:30 p.m. This documentary was filmed at the Natural History Museum, London, and uses CGI imagery to bring to life several of the extinct animal skeletons in the museum, including Archaeopteryx, the Moa Ratite bird and Haast's eagle, Gigantopithecus, Glossotherium, Ichthyosaurus and Dippy, a replica of a famous Diplodocus skeleton. The DynaTheater concession stand will be open before the showing and close when the video begins.

The Planetarium will present Fractal Friday at the usual times of 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. with the normal admission of adults $10, seniors $7, and children (3-12) $5. Shows typically sell out in advance, so get your tickets early at

The museum observatory will be open for viewing objects in the night sky from 8 – 9 p.m., weather permitting. The Nature Works store will be selling unique gifts from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on this First Friday. The Hope Café will be open continuously from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, so you can enjoy dinner while waiting for the museum to reopen (only the café entrance will be open from 5 – 5:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Escape the glare of nearby lights and get a better view of the night sky at a site not very far from Albuquerque.  The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge’s new outdoor classroom will be the location for a Bosque Stargazing event on April 10.  Astronomy enthusiasts from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will help you look through several telescopes and point out wonders in the skies above.

This event is NOT at the museum.  Check back soon for details.

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