Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival: September 30

September 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Kids, Live Performances

The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival is a science fest, with live entertainment, solar telescopes, and planetarium shows…

The Albuquerque Cosmic Carnival takes place on Sunday September 30, 2012, from 1 to 5 pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, with an afternoon of explorations into the world of science. Oh and some music, which always helps my science go down nicely.  Students also have a chance to win a telescope.

The event is included in Balloon Museum admission – make sure you take your New Mexico ID to get the $1 discount on admission for locals. Then it’s $3 for adults, $1 for kids aged 4 – 12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have solar telescopes set up for viewing the sun, as well as a portable planetarium to see the New Mexico night sky. Seating is limited for the planetarium shows so the minute you arrive, go and collect a free ticket for one of the showings. They run every half an hour from 1:30 pm till last show at 4 pm. Then, once you’ve got your ticket, you can smugly browse around the Cosmic Carnival till your show time arrives.  

Other participants in Cosmic Carnival include the National Museum of Space History, the Fractal Foundation, Explora, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque Rocket Society, National Solar Observatory, and the Very Large Array, which I always think has a very on-point and no-messing-about name. It IS a very large array, so that’s what they call it.  Following that example, Walmart should be renamed:
A Humungously Huge Store that Mrs Cheap Always Gets Lost In.

They’re promising it’s an interactive festival which makes me a little nervous about exactly what the Albuquerque Rocket Society will be up to…

Here’s the schedule as I have it at time of writing, including live entertainment:

  • 1 pm:  Friends Forever
  • 1:30 pm: Planetarium shows start every 30 minutes
  • 2 pm:  Interplay School of Music – talented teens with popular songs
  • 2 pm: Introduction to Telescopes talk by Barry Spletzer
  • 3 pm: Sage Harrintgon and Nikelle Gessner
  • 3 pm: Learning the Solar system talk by Roger Kennedy
  • 4 pm:  Breaking Blue
  • 4:45 pm: The Albuquerque Astronomical Society giveaway of a telescope to a student. The giveaway is free but the winner must be present at the time of drawing.

I went to Cosmic Carnival last year and it really was fun and kinda cosmic, man!

Balloon Museum Cosmic Carnival

  • When: Sunday September 30, 2012
  • Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Where: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Price:  Adults:  $3 for New Mexico residents with ID. $4 for adults unfortunate enough to live elsewhere.  Seniors aged 65+:  $2. Children 4 – 12:  $1. Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.

–Tania


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