Goddard Planetarium

Comets, quasars, black holes—the night sky is filled with things wild and wonderful. Like the imagination of a child, space is beautiful and boundless.

The 120-seat Robert H. Goddard Planetarium presents star shows, multi-media presentations, and hands-on activities for children and families that help us understand the changing universe and the impact of space science on our lives.
At special times throughout the year, the Roswell Astronomy Club presents Star Parties at the Planetarium, using their telescopes to view events in our solar system.

The Planetarium was opened in 1969 as a collaboration between the Roswell Independent School District and the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Join us for family-friendly programming every Wednesday, September - December. Show times are 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Shows will also be offered on Saturday, once a month: September 24, October 22, November 26, and December 31 at 1:30 pm.

Touch the Stars: Teach Bigger is a digital conversion project currently being undertaken at the Goddard Planetarium. This fundraising campaign will culminate in converting our nearly 50 year old analog system into cutting-edge digital technology through the Digistar 6 projection system. The Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation has committed its resources and support to raising the funding necessary to realize this goal. Ultimately, this project will allow the Goddard Planetarium to remain relevant to 21st century audiences, serve as a catalyst for space science education, and usher in STEM and STEAM programming for areas schools. To make a donation. please contact the RMAC Foundation office at 575-627-0918. Email: rmacfound@qwestoffice.net. Mailing address: 400 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 220, Roswell, NM  88201.

Program Schedule for December 2016:

Wednesdays in December (Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th)

1:30 pm   Astronomy of the Star of Bethlehem (30 minutes)      

                  Star Stuff (7 minutes)        

3:30 pm   Animated Sci-Fi – Three Short Films (40 minutes)


Saturday, December 31st

1:30 pm   2001: A Space Odyssey (148 minutes)


Astronomy of the Star of Bethlehem is a medley of four short videos that tie together the relationship between the Star of Bethlehem, Jesus as the center of the zodiac, religion being born of astrology, and how our seasons work.

Animated Sci-Fi – Three Short Films

1)    The Looking Planet   Enjoy this CGI 3D Animated Short Film and winner of over 50 film festival jury and audience awards including Best Short Film, Best Sci-Fi Film, Best Animated Film, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Design. During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.

2)    World of Tomorrow    A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.  Grand Jury Prize for Short Film, 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 

3)    Star Stuff   A young boy amazed by the stars in the night sky sets off on a voyage of great discovery.  A short film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan.

2001: A Space Odyssey  The sci-fi masterpiece from acclaimed producer/director Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "Full Metal Jacket") about a space voyage to Jupiter that turns chaotic when a computer enhanced with artificial intelligence takes over. Visually breathtaking with Oscar-winning special effects, stunning cinematography, and an Academy Award-nominated script from Kubrick and best-selling sci-fi author, Arthur C. Clarke. Leonard Maltin gives it four stars and declares it "a milestone film." Recently selected as one of the top 25 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute, who also recently selected HAL 9000 as one of the Greatest 50 Villains. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.