ALBUQUERQUE ― Another Super Moon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico the evening of Jan. 20, 2019.
That night the moon will be full and relatively close to the Earth, which in recent years has become known as a Super Moon, and it will also be totally eclipsed!
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) $5 First Friday event Jan. 4, there will be a preview event of this astronomical convergence.
Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30-9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science. There won’t be any eclipses to see during this First Friday, but visitors will learn all about the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky on the evening of Jan. 20 after sunset. The motions of the moon and Earth will come together for this unusual lunar event, and all will be explained at table displays and videos so that you can prepare, enjoy and understand what is happening.
The museum will also have telescopes available to see the eclipse from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., Jan. 20, weather permitting.
The DynaTheater will be showing the film Volcanoes for an additional $5 at 6:30 p.m. With intrepid explorer Carsten Peter, dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, and visit the incredible mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.
The Planetarium will present Fractal Friday at the usual times of 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. with the normal admission of adults $10, seniors $7, and children (3-12) $5.
Even though we’ll have to wait a few days for the eclipse, The Museum Observatory will be open to the night sky from 6 – 8 p.m., Jan. 4, weather permitting, to show off interesting objects in the heavens. The Nature Works store will be selling unique gifts from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on this First Friday. The Hope Café will be open continuously from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, so you can enjoy dinner while waiting for the museum to reopen (only the café entrance will be open from 5 – 5:30 p.m.)