Sketch of the Week

Today's sketch highlights one of Roswell's gems, the Goddard Planetarium.

The Planetarium is named for Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945), one of pioneering rocketeers of the 20th century. Originally from Massachusetts, he relocated to Roswell during the 1930s with the help of Harry Guggenheim and Charles Lindbergh, as the flat, open terrain and clear skies were ideal for rocket launches. After Goddard's death in 1945, his widow Esther donated some of his equipment to the Museum in 1949, including his launch tower, several rockets, and workshop. The Planetarium was built several years later in the late 1960s.

Enough history though, because I've got some exciting news about the present: the Planetarium will be open during the week of the UFO festival (June 30-July 7)!  If you're in the area and haven't experienced a show here, GO. You won't be disappointed. And if you have seen one, go again!

Here's the schedule, which I've posted verbatim:

Children Shows: Brief talk about astronomy and space science, followed by a show on the current night sky, then an activity exploring a science principle. Parental supervision required.
June 30-July 5, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Exoplanets: A lecture and show on exoplanets. How they are discovered and what it means for ETs.
June 30-July 7, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

NASA Viewspace: A series of short presentations ranging from 5 to 15 minutes that portray the beauty and power of the universe and gently guides the viewer to have a deeper understanding of astronomy.
June 30-July 5, 9:00 am-10:00 am; 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

The Night Sky: This show highlights celestial objects that are visible as well as identifiable objects like satellites and aircraft so you know whether that twinkle is terrestrial or not.
June 30-July 7, 4:00 pm-4:45 pm

Telescope Viewing: Join us to view planets, stars, and nebulas on the lawn outside the Planetarium.
July 5, 9:00 pm-10:00 pm

Lights and Music: Your friendly neighborhood DJ ABAD brings the SKLZ mixing up Rock, Disco, and Hip-Hop.
July 4 and July 5, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

As you can see, there's plenty of cool stuff being offered, so be sure to check it out. If you have any questions, call the Planetarium at 575-624-6744 ext. 26. Hope to see you there!