The final program at Zacheis planetarium, prior to closing this summer for renovation, is planned for Saturday, May 5. The program will detail two upcoming celestial events: the May 20 annular solar eclipse visible from Albuquerque, and the June 5 passage of Venus in front of the Sun for the last time during our lifetimes.
The free, 30-minute program will give some background on both eclipses and transits. It will also explain several ways of observing solar events safely. The program inside the theater will be offered at 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Telescopes and other safe Sun-viewing methods will be available outside the planetarium from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The telescopes will permit views of sunspots, solar flares, and surface filaments. Other methods of viewing the Sun will also be on display.