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July 19-23, 2017
Cheer on athletes ages 50+ as they compete in 30 different individual sports at facilities throughout the city and the University of New Mexico.
July 22, 2017
"Come On, Let's Go" to Route 66 Summerfest in Historic Nob Hill! Join the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street, and the New Mexico Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 22 from 3-10 p.m. for the biggest Summerfest of the year. With the Mother Road Market featuring local artisans, local food trucks, the Old Route 66 Car Show, and free kids' activities this fre...
Through August 27, 2017
From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Guest curated by American cultural historian Paul Andrew Hutton, this pop culture exhibit includes westerns, war movies, comedy, and science fiction. IMAGE Lobby card, Kit Carson, 1928 Paramount Pictures Offset lithograph Courtesy Paul A. Hut...
Through August 31, 2017
Come cheer on the Albuquerque Isotopes in their 2017 season. The Albuquerque Isotopes are the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
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Exhibition: The Hall of the Stars

The Hall of the Stars aims to explain how the night sky is organized. Though the project had some effort from museum employees, it was almost entirely accomplished by museum volunteers and members the professional astronomical community. This exhibit encourages visitors to explore the sky at their own pace and learn many different astronomical concepts, from the changing of the seasons to types of deep sky objects that they can see from their own backyards.

Rather than just showing the sky visible on any given night of the year, the Hall of the Stars allows visitors to see all of the year's stars and constellations in the same way that a world map allows them to visualize the whole globe. The most prominent 39 constellations are quilted onto the tapestry with UV-reactive thread. By also including the celestial equator and the ecliptic, or the path that the sun takes through the sky, the map demonstrates the changing of the seasons.

The 1,100 commonly-visible stars in the northern night sky are represented by individual LEDs. 358 of these represent the brightest stars of the night sky and are controlled by a program running on the interactive touch screen. The LEDs come in various color temperatures in order to demonstrate the variability of colors and brightness among stars. 110 LEDs represent Messier Objects, which are a collection of famous deep sky objects, including the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula. These LEDs are green in order to differentiate them from the stars.

The user interface presents information about the tapestry in an intuitive, layered format. Using it, people can either explore the constellations and stars of the night sky or Messier Objects.