Join us at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) on the evening of Sunday, May 15 to catch the first total lunar eclipse that will be visible in New Mexico since 2019.
What: NMMNHS will be hosting an eclipse viewing party. Although the eclipse can be easily seen in the sky, telescopes on the museum’s front plaza and upstairs decks that will provide closeup views of the moon’s signature red hue during the eclipse. Admission will be by donation and the event will be canceled if it’s cloudy.
Streaming video of the eclipse from professional observatories will be shown between the observing locations and some fun paper activities and information about the moon will be provided on table displays. Additionally, live planetarium presentations will explain how eclipses happen and why this one is special.
When: Doors open at 8:45 p.m. on May 15. The event is slated to end at 11:30 p.m.
Where: The event will be held at NMMNHS (1801 Mountain Rd NW). Only a part of the museum building will be open to allow access to the observatory and planetarium.
Why: Total lunar eclipses are often spectacular, and this particular eclipse has a few special attributes. Unlike some lunar eclipses, the moon will move deep into Earth’s shadow on May 15, creating a dark red hue around the moon when the eclipse reaches totality. Additionally, the moon will be slightly larger in the sky since it will be near its closest orbital position.