PEEC Hosts Leap Day Celebration Friday And Saturday

PEEC invites everyone to enjoy a showing of the full-dome film ‘Superpower Dogs’ at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. (Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.) Courtesy/PEEC


The community also is invited to join astronomer Galen Gisler 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a Leap Day potluck followed by night sky viewing. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC

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On this evening before leap day, join astronomer Galen Gisler in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to explore how humans have devised and used calendars over time.

This talk begins at 7 p.m. today during which Gisler will answer questions like: Why are there leap years? What is a solar calendar — or a lunar calendar — and why do some cultures use one or the other? And, how did the calendar we commonly use come to be?

Find out the answers to these questions, and more, at this planetarium talk.

In addition to Gisler’s talk, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a leap day potluck and stargazing event 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the nature center. Participants should bring a dish to share and then step outside to view the night sky with Gisler. PEEC will provide water and utensils for the group.

This special program is free to attend but registration is required at

PEEC also will play the full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Local sponsor Pet Pangaea, LLC brought this exciting film to Los Alamos. This film follows six dogs as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species and help people with special needs. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs that save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners.

Admission to Friday night’s talk and Saturday’s film is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for kids under age 4.

Stop by the planetarium at the nature center at 3 p.m. Wednesdays when a member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s astronomy team hosts a free 15-minute sky show and then takes audience questions and requests.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

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