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Tuesday, November 13th
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Eclipse Down Under Shows Up At Tombaugh Theater

Although it will only be visible to people on the northeastern Australian coast, eclipse watchers will have the opportunity to view the total eclipse via webcast on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The webcast will be part of a special presentation which will include expert solar astronomers from New Mexico State University and the Sunspot Solar Observatory.

“You won’t have to spend $3,000 on a trip to Australia to see the eclipse. You can see it right here for the price of a planetarium show, a mere $3.50,” said Museum Theater and Education Director Dave Dooling. The program begins at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon with a presentation by Dooling on the basics of eclipses. Dr. Jason Jackiewicz, a solar physicist at NMSU-Las Cruces, will give a talk on what the Sun has been doing lately. Dr. Lewis Fox, an Air Force research fellow at the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot, will speak about how we discovered the Sun and its magnificent corona. At 1:38, a live webcast from Cairns, Australia, will be broadcast in the theater and treat attendees to an exclusive view of the total eclipse. Following the webcast, guest speakers will answer questions from the audience.

The Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater is located on the campus of the NM Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. The theater is currently showing the IMAX films Hubble and Air Racers, along with presenting planetarium and star shows.
Please call for showtimes or visit the museum’s website.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589.

For more information contact Cathy Harper at (575) 437-2840 ext. 41153 or by email at cathy.harper@state.nm.us