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 January 2017:

Wednesdays in January (Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25)

2:00 pm

Space Science for Children – All About Stars (26 min.)      
The Rainbow and the Stars (10 min.) + star talk (10 min.)

3:30 pm Living on the Moon – A Documentary (44 min.) + star talk (10 min.)

Space Science for Children – All About Stars (26 min.)      
Nothing inspires awe and wonder like stars! And kids can pose some pretty awesome questions about them, too. What are stars? Why are some stars brighter than others?  How far away are they? All About Stars answers these questions and reveals that learning about the magic of stars actually begins very close to home – with the sun!  Spectacular NASA footage and lively animation will pique kids’ curiosity.

The Rainbow and the Stars (10 min.) + star talk (10 min.)
Once we believed that the sky was a realm of perfection and magic. Now we understand that there is no real dividing line between Earth and space. The patterns of colored light generated by chemical elements revealed that both we and the stars are made of the same stuff. And this discovery just might be the most profound and awe-inspiring discovery in human history.
Living on the Moon – A Documentary (44 min.) + star talk (10 min.)
Journey inside Constellation, NASA's plan to establish a human outpost on the moon by 2020. Take a closer look at the plans under way, from upgraded space suits to housing modules and moon vehicles, and examine the challenges ahead, such as finding water, making oxygen, growing food and protecting residents from deadly radiation. Then we'll visualize how the remarkable outpost will take shape.

Saturday, January 28 - Particle Fever (99 minutes)

Particle Fever follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in Earth’s history. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?