The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium is home to a state-of-the-art, full-dome digital theater system with Digistar 6 programming. This immersive experience brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins to life like never before!
Each show includes a full-dome film accompanied by a star presentation. Programs last approximately 45 minutes. To schedule a group visit or to learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please call Jeremy Howe at 575-624-6744. Many thanks to the RMAC Foundation and donors for their support of our programming.
July Films and Show Times
Tuesday - Saturday Screenings 1 p.m.: Phantoms of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter 3 p.m.: Incoming! 5 p.m.: Natural Selection Fridays at 7p.m. and Second Saturday at 11a.m.: Distant Worlds- Alien Life? Use 11th Street planetarium entrance for Friday evening shows.
Phantoms of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
This show reveals the first hints of the existence of dark
matter through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who
coined the term. It describes the astral choreography
witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then
plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark
matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.
From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large
Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before
they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and
sound, while learning how scientists around the world are
collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.
Viewers will embark on a dynamic journey on the trail of
asteroids and comets, get an up close look at the advanced
technologies that allow scientists to detect asteroids before
they reach Earth, and visualize historic space events billions
of years in the making—all within an immersive, all-digital
dome that brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins
to life like never before.
Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past,
present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark
discoveries scientists have made by sending spacecraft to visit
Natural Selection celebrates the 150th anniversary of
the publication of “On the Origin of Species” and the
200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. We will
join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the
Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his
later theory of transmutation by natural selection. From
the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself
will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the
audience, and support it by showing many beautiful
examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the
adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central
in this show
Distant Worlds- Alien Life?
“Distant Worlds — Alien Life?” is a beautiful planetarium film
exploring one of the most enduring questions of humankind
— are we alone? For millennia our ancestors watched the
stars, questioning the origin and nature of what they saw. Still
today we ask these questions, knowing that the Universe is a
vast place filled with billions and billions of stars and planets
— but yet, Earth is the only planet we know for sure to be