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Museum to preview rare lunar eclipse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s $5 First Friday event on Jan. 5 will preview an astronomical trifecta happening Jan. 31 – a super blue moon eclipse.

A super blue moon eclipse occurs when the moon is eclipsed, as pictured here, during the second full moon in a month while it’s closest to Earth in its orbit. (Courtesy of

The moon that morning before sunrise will be full and be both a super moon and blue moon and totally eclipsed, organizers said in a news release.

The museum on each first Friday is open in the evening and focuses on a topic in science. Visitors this Jan. 5 will learn all about the lunar event happening in the sky on the morning of Jan. 31 before sunrise.

Museum experts will talk to patrons about motions of the moon and Earth and how they come together at the end of the month to help people prepare to view and understand what is happening, according to a news release.

The museum will also have telescopes available to see the eclipse on Jan. 31 from 5-7 a.m., weather permitting.

The $5 admission on Jan. 5 covers entrance from 5:30—9 p.m. and includes access to its Wild Music exhibit, which closes on Jan. 7. This interactive exhibition explores evidence for the biological origins of music through environmental soundscapes, exhibits, and listening experiences.

The DynaTheater will show its newest film, “Humpback Whales,” for an additional $5 at 6:30 p.m.

The museum observatory will be open to the night sky on Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

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