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Tickets for the Planetarium are only available for purchase at the front desk. Ticket sales stop 10 minutes before any show starts.

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

Unveiling The Invisible Universe

For thousands of years the humans observed the light coming from the night sky with their eyes. In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope by Galileo revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Finally, in the 20th century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above the earth’s atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation which are the marks of the hot and violent Universe. But it is not only light that can give us information about the cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays also provide vital information. Finally, the detection by the LIGO experiment of gravitational waves from two merging black holes opened a new window in astrophysics. This video presents images of the cosmos as revealed by all these different messengers. Suitable for: 6th Grade and Up

5000 Eyes: Mapping the Universe with DESI

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) is creating the most detailed map of our nearby universe. Installed on the Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak in Southern Arizona, DESI's 5000 independently operated robots can measure the light from thousands of galaxies at once. Join us as we explore the science, instrument, and people behind this global endeavor. Suitable for: 6th Grade and Up

Enchanted Skies

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.

First Friday Fractals

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

Perfect Little Planet

Join a family of space aliens as they tour our solar system in search of the ideal vacation destination.  Along the way, learn interesting facts about all of the planets and even some moons.

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