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.


January Films and Show Times

Tuesday - Saturday Screenings
1 p.m.: NATURAL SELECTION
3 p.m.: THE MAYANS: COSMIC PLANNERS
5 p.m.: DESTINATION MARS: THE NEW FRONTEIR
Fridays at 7p.m. and Second Saturday at 11a.m.: ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD'S BIG ADVENTURE
Use 11th Street planetarium entrance for Friday evening shows.

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.

Natural Selection planetarium film

THE MAYANS: COSMIC PLANNERS
The film introduces the cosmovision of this ancient culture based on elements of the cosmos like the Sun, Venus, the Moon and the stars. Following these cosmological positions, the Maya defined much of their planning for the construction of cities. Mayan astronomical knowledge lasted for generations, forming the pillars of their culture that nowadays we are still learning to understand.

The Maya Cosmic Planners planetarium film

DESTINATION MARS: THE NEW FRONTIER
Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! DESTINATION MARS: THE NEW FRONTIER gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

Destination Mars planetarium film

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY - ROSWELL PREMIERE!
ONE WORLD, ONE SKY is a 27-minute full-dome planetarium show that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu "travel" to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, learning about the sky together.

One World One Sky planetarium film

February Films and Show Times

Tuesday - Saturday Screenings
1 p.m.: SEEING! A PHOTON’S JOURNEY ACROSS SPACE, TIME, & MIND 
3 p.m.: SUNSTRUCK 
5 p.m.: THE ZULA PATROL: DOWN TO EARTH 
Fridays at 7p.m. and Second Saturday at 11a.m.: TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS 
Use 11th Street planetarium entrance for Friday evening shows.

SEEING! A PHOTON’S JOURNEY ACROSS SPACE, TIME, & MIND 
Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain.

seeing

SUNSTRUCK
Explore the sun in all its glory in this fulldome show. SUNSTRUCK takes us on a journey to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star has supported life on Earth for millennia. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy, and how solar activity impacts our world.

sunstruck 2

THE ZULA PATROL: DOWN TO EARTH
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth's prehistoric past to illegally dump her company's toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences.

Zula Patrol

TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS 
TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS: THE AMAZING TELESCOPE was produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages. The film traces the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a child's spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS