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2017 Dates and Times:

Dates Observing Event
January 9 7 - 8 p.m. Final Lunar Monday
February 3 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday: Dinosaurs
March 25 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour
April 5 8 - 9 p.m. Sandia Mt. Stargazing
May 5 8:30 - 10 p.m. First Friday: Geology
June 30 TBA Asteroid Day
July TBA TBA Wild Music Under the Stars
August 4 8:30 - 10 p.m. First Friday: Total Solar Eclipse
September 27 8 - 9 p.m. Sandia Mt. Stargazing
October 28 TBA Intl. Observe the Moon Night
November 3 7 - 9 p.m. First Friday: Wild Music
December 1 7 - 9 p.m. Old Town Holiday Stroll

In 2017, 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.  Notice that some events may happen at locations other than the museum.
Members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society 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.
International SUNday will also be celebrated on June 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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/​


Upcoming Events

March 25, 2017 - 7:30pm

Earth Hour is an annual, international event that unites people to protect our beautiful planet.  Find out more from the organization's site: www.earthhour.org

We'll turn off as many lights as possible around the museum to get the best view of the sky from our observatory and other telescopes provided by the Albuquerque Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

In the museum, learn about the environment, conservation, and recycling from these displays and activities:

  • At 8, 8:30 & 9 p.m., the short planetarium show "Losing the Dark" will show how light pollution affects public safety, nocturnal animals, and our view of the universe.
  • The City of Albuquerque Recycling Program will have information about what to put in your blue bins and what to keep out.
  • Hawks Aloft is bringing live owls to show how they are adapted for hunting in the dark.
  • The Naturalist Center will have other animals which only come out at night and information on how light pollution can actually be deadly to some species (closes at 9 p.m.).
  • The Degrees of Change exhibit will be open with information about many forms of pollution.
  • Enjoy fun activities which also teach how to be good stewards of our home, the Earth.
  • Watch a live feed of other Earth Hour celebrations around the world.


April 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Trails Open at 6 p.m. | Stargazing 8 - 9 p.m. (weather permitting)

The Space Science staff and Albuquerque Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for observing the night sky and conduct star and constellation tours.

Get directions to SMNHC here: https://sites.google.com/a/aps.edu/smnhc/directions

Check the Museum’s Facebook pages <www.facebook.com/NMMNHS> or <www.facebook.com/smnhc1> or contact 505-281-5259 if the weather is questionable starting two hours before the event.


April 22, 2017 - 11:00am

The National Math Festival blends science, math, art, and fun! The Fractal Foundation and museum will offer several stations challenging you to construct 3D pieces of art based upon mathematical formulas. At 1 p.m., enjoy a 30-minute fractal art show in the planetarium. More information on this event across the country can be found here: http://www.nationalmathfestival.org/


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