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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 - 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:

Upcoming Events

November 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

November 20 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 astronaut's second day on the lunar surface. To celebrate this historic event, take 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 NM and one of only a few places in the country to have this giant 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.

So...come walk on the moon...this afternoon.  Hands-on activities for all ages will include virtual reality apps based on the Apollo missions.  A video loop will show highlights of the Apollo 12 mission.

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