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, January through March. Show times are 2 pm and 3:30 pm. Shows will also be offered on Saturday, once a month: January 28, February 25 and March 25 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 May 2017:

Wednesdays in May (May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)

2:00 pm: 

Planet Saturn (documentary, 46 min., appropriate for all audiences) 

This fascinating documentary will examine the planet Saturn including a look at its fascinating rings, discoveries from the latest probe missions, and how Saturn's moon Titan may hold more resources of petroleum than Earth will ever need.

3:30 pm: Mission Juno (documentary, 64 min., appropriate for all audiences)

As the largest planet orbiting the sun, Jupiter has had a profound influence on the solar system, but its origin remains a mystery. Learn about the Juno Mission and its discoveries including details about the gas giant’s gravitational and magnetic fields and the swirling clouds that form Jupiter’s colorful, trademark atmosphere.  The spacecraft will also reveal what Jupiter is made of and how much of it is water.  

Saturday, May 27, 1:30 pm
The Year of Pluto – New Horizons
(2015 documentary, 59 min. appropriate for  audiences)

New Horizons is the first mission to the Kuiper Belt, a gigantic zone of icy bodies and mysterious small objects orbiting beyond Neptune. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. This documentary takes on the hard science and gives answers to how the mission came about and why it matters.     Pluto – New Horizons (2015 documentary, 59 min. appropriate for  audiences)