Stars and Mysteries in the Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

Sandra West


On Friday, December 1st at 7 PM, Paul Arendt will project the December night sky on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome and introduce neighboring galaxy, planets, and other celestial objects visible without telescopes. Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play in the planetarium on December 2nd and 3rd at 2 PM. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the December 1st show, Dr. Paul Arendt will highlight our neighboring galaxy, planets, and the brightest stars and constellations visible in December. In the planetarium, participants will have the chance to see large-scale images of these features projected on the dome, preview what the sky will look like at key times in December, and stargaze outside the nature center, weather permitting. PEEC asks attendees to bring a warm jacket for the outdoor stargazing.

Mysteries of the Unseen World allows us to discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum. Thanks to technology, these normally invisible aspects of our world can be viewed on the planetarium dome on Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd, at 2 PM.

For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit To reserve tickets, call (505) 662-0460.

The Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, will be closed December 24 and 25 and open regular hours for the rest of December. The nature center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

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