Goddard Planetarium

sunrise over the Milky Way galaxy

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.

December Films and Show Times

Tuesday - Saturday Screenings
1 p.m.: The Incredible Sun/Aurora Storm
3 p.m.: Moon 2019 (Apollo 11 Mission Tribute)
5 p.m.: Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
Fridays at 7p.m. and Second Saturday at 11a.m.: Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe 
Use 11th Street planetarium entrance for Friday evening shows.

The Incredible Sun / Aurora Storm

The Incredible Every second the Sun emits million times more energy than the world consumes every year. Where does such a huge amount of power come from? Discover our star through the breathtaking timelapses.

A spellbinding 360 degree short film about the Northern Lights, describing the cultural significance of the aurora and the science behind this beautiful phenomenon.  With quotes from journals of past Arctic explorers and the words of indigenous people, we discover how humans living beneath these undulating lights are inspired by what they see.


Moon 2019 (Apollo 11 Mission Tribute) 

New film for planetariums dedicated to the Apollo 11 mission realized for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The history of the program, the launch, the activity on the moon’s surface and the return to Earth.



Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Discover spectroscopy, the science of light, and learn how scientists study the Universe by deciphering clues hidden in light arriving from distant objects. The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) is an instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope designed to analyze ultraviolet light from very distant, faint objects. COS allows us to learn about the origins of the large scale structure of the Universe, the cold interstellar medium, the formation and evolution of galaxies and the origin of stellar and planetary systems.

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

In a feast of colours and sounds, Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus