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Work Set to Begin on New Mexico Museum of Space History’s New Theater/Planetarium

The final stage of renovations at the New Mexico Museum of Space’s New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium begins on January 2, 2018, when preparations begin to replace the dome inside the theater.

The theater is anticipated to be closed beginning January 2 through March 9 during construction.

According to representatives from Spitz, Inc., the company that will be handling the installation, the new dome will consist of 154 custom cut panels, each with numerous perforations. In fact, there will be approximately 27,131,904 perforations in those panels and if they were lined up in a straight line, the line would stretch for about 26.76 miles.

Another fun fact is that if the dome was turned upside down it could hold roughly 444, 346,865 M&Ms.

“As interesting as the fun facts are about the new dome, what’s really exciting is to see this final phase of our theater renovations starting,” said Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll. “Replacing the aging dome, which was installed in 1980, is quite a process. The new dome utilizes NanoSeam technology, which basically means you won’t be able to see any seams and the reflective surface will be significantly brighter than what we have now.”

Spitz Inc. is the same company that installed the new 4k laser planetarium projection system in the theater. The Spitz NanoSeam process effectively eliminates seams in the dome by hand crafting each individual panel flush to be flush with its neighbor, making the entire projection surface completely uniform.

“Each panel that makes up the dome is cut to a specific size and fitted perfectly,” said Orwoll. “This is quite a process and starts from the ground up.”

All the seats in the theater will be removed, some minor retrofitting of the existing theater cove will need to be done, and the old dome will be removed piece by piece. Then the team from Spitz will get to work carefully installing the new dome and LED lighting system.

The theater is expected to reopen in early March.

Mystery of the Christmas Star Opens November 20

For centuries, astronomers have debated over what exactly the Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible, actually was – if it existed at all. Was it a nova? A supernova? Or perhaps a planetary conjunction?

The Mystery of the Christmas Star, opening at the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium on Monday, November 20, delves into this 2000-year-old puzzle. While seeking to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed, the film also explores the historical significance of the story.

Featuring spectacular imagery, The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during those times. Which signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem?

This modern retelling of the Christmas story will charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

The Mystery of the Christmas Star will show at 3:30 pm daily, November 20 through January 1, at the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Other films currently showing are Back to the Moon for Good, National Parks Adventure and Aircraft Carrier.

In addition, live planetarium star shows are scheduled daily. For current showtimes visit the museum website or call the number below.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website and like their Facebook page.

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