Goddard Planetarium


Welcome Back!



The Planetarium is open Tuesdays-Saturdays with shows at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm daily and a bonus 7pm show on Fridays.
The planetarium is closed Sundays and Mondays. 

                                                                                                                                                  


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. Thanks is extended to the RMAC Foundation and its donors.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available to help us bring the newest films to our Roswell community. 
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Public Show Schedule 


Each show includes a full-dome film accompanied by a star presentation. Films last approximately 30 minutes. For more information or to schedule a group, please call Jeremy Howe at 575-624-6744 

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July Films and Show Times

July 1st. Then 6th - 31st

Tuesday - Saturday
1pm:Out There - The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
3pm Two Small Pieces of Glass
5pm Maya - Cosmic Planners

Friday's bonus show:
7pm: Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter


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Out There - The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds: For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought. A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.  30 minute runtime

Two Small Pieces of Glass: Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. 22 minute runtime

Maya - 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 their position they defined much of its planning for the construction of their cities, plus their astronomical knowledge lasted by generations, forming the pillars of their Culture that nowadays we are still learning to listen. 19 minute runtime

Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter: “Phantom of the Universe” is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” 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. 27 minute runtime 

                                                                                                                                                 

August Films and Show Times

August 3rd - 31st

Tuesday - Saturday
1pm:Seeing! A photon's Journey Across Space, Time & Mind
3pm Light | Aurora Storm
5pm IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Friday's bonus show:
7pm: Sunstruck

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SEEING! - A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time & Mind

Stunning 360° visuals of landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife, humanity and space are used to tell the story of light, sight and vision. We begin with a photon’s creation inside a distant star and follow its immense journey across the galaxy into the eye of a young stargazer. As the photon enters, we learn about the structures of the eye, their functions and we ride along the optic nerve. The photon's energy is converted into electrochemical impulses that travel the neurochemical pathways of our brain, resulting in an image in our mind. Also addressed are the ways technology enables us to restore vision and prevent various diseases that affect sight.

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

LIGHT

On the occasion of the International Year of Light, ZEISS has produced a fulldome teaser that takes planetarium visitors on a trip to the varied facets of light. Light affects our lives in much more ways than we are aware of. The short film approaches the phenomenon in a way that is both fascinating and informative. It will appeal to young and old, experts and the lay public, and to people all over the globe.

Aurora Storm

A spellbinding 360° 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. The two narrators of the film are Athabascan Alaska natives. Including extensive time-lapse imagery that will delight planetarium audiences, the film also briefly describes the challenges of filming aurorae.

IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System

An omni-dome (full dome) presentation about the IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) probe. Launched in 2008, the IBEX craft collects energized neutral particles emitted from the heliosphere: the "bubble" enclosing the solar system.   These collections enable the IBEX probe to construct an image of the membrane surrounding us.  The same membrane that protects the solar system from harmful galactic particles. How does the IBEX probe work?    How does it communicate with Earth? Join us for this fascinating full-dome show about the IBEX probe and its bold mission to explore the solar system's final frontier.

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.