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Stargazers Planner: Space Science Events happening at Museum of Natural History & Science

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

November 06, 2018


(Albuquerque, New Mexico ) – Between now and the end of January there are several major space science events, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is the place to experience them.

InSight landing on Mars Monday, November 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Learn about the landing of the latest mission to study the surface of Mars during a live NASA broadcast. Mars-related hands-on activities and videos available

Planetarium Laser Shows - Friday through Friday, December 14 – 21, Experience Holiday toons and classic rock concerts choreographed to laser-light images. The band Pink Freud will perform Pink Floyd songs live along with the laser on December 15.

New Horizons Encounters Ultima Thule - Wednesday, January 2, | [time TBA by NASA].  The New Horizons spacecraft will pass one more Kuiper Belt object on its way to deep space. Thirteen years outbound from Earth and a billion miles past Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons probe is healthy and on course for a historic flyby of its next target, a frozen remnant left over from the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago, project scientists say.

Total Lunar Eclipse - Sunday, January 20, 8:30 – 11:45 a.m., Witness a total eclipse of the moon through telescopes around the museum grounds. (weather permitting)



About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

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