Goddard Planetarium

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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.

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Incoming!

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 tiny worlds.

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Natural Selection

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

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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 inhabited.


 

 

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