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Cosmic Carnival

Information about the 2020 Cosmic Carnival.

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Cosmic Carnival Kickoff Live Stream
Live Stream Cosmic Carnival Kickoff Event!

Presented by Jim Greenhouse and Jim Fordice, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Live Stream Show was recorded so you can watch it as many times as you would like. Click any of the links to see it again!

Since we can't show you celestial views through telescopes in person this year, the week-long virtual Cosmic Carnival celebration will start with a live tour of the night sky using software that will work on your computer at home. Also see telescopic pictures of objects in outer space, with some presented live if the sky is clear.

RECORDED Live Stream from 6:00pm November 8, 2020.
It will be recorded so you can watch it as many times as you want!

Click here to View the RECORDED You Tube Live stream Show

Instructions to Participate in Cosmic Carnival

  1. Select one of the fifteen presentations by clicking on the icon.
  2. View the video at your pace and as often as you wish.
  3. Presentations will remain available till the end of November.

Below are the links for each of the video presentations. You can watch full screen by clicking on the word You Tube or Vimeo to view the video on that channel.

Stars in Your Cell Phone!" Introduction to Amateur Astronomy Black Holes -- Watch Your Step!

Vastness of the Universe Our Resident Lunatic Why is the Sky Blue?

Thunder and Lightning! Previous Star Party at the Open Space Visitor Center Boris and his Magic Glass

Inner Earth After Sunset-Out After Dark! Ring Around A Planet

Ring Around A PlanetWhat would You do if you were an Intergalactic Ambassador? Pocket Solar System

Black Holes -- Watch Your Step!

Presented by Bob Havlen, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society

What black holes are and how we know they exist.

Viewing the Night Sky with Your Cell Phone

Presented bu Dee Friesen, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

This is a fun activity for any age! Download the Night Sky app onto your cell phone and follow Dee, from TAAS, through the night sky.

Amateur Astronomy: An Introduction

Presented by David Frizzell, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

A description of the types of telescopes/equipment that amateur astronomers use, methods amateurs use to locate/observe/image objects in the sky, and the benefits of joining amateur astronomy clubs.

Boris and His Magic Glass

Presented by Boris Venet, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

How a Telescope Lens Works - What we observe by following an actual light beam from a source through the various exposed parts of a simple telescope.

Our Resident Lunatic

Presented by Jim Roucis, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

This presentation describes lunar phases — the cycle of the moon’s illumination as seen from Earth with Key concepts and nomenclature for the sun-Earth-moon system.

Vastness of the Universe

Presented by David Frizzell, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

A short review of the great magnitudes required to describe/understand the distances between astronomical objects, their sizes,, the numbers of objects and periods of time encompassed by the evolution/duration of objects in the universe.

Lightning and Thunder!

Presented by the Scot Overpeck, National Weather Service

Ask a meteorologist...Interviews with local meteorologists on a variety of topics from general weather questions to a career in meteorology.

Why is the Sky Blue?

Presented by the Melissa Ober, The Science Girl

Science experiments for all ages...and perhaps to try at home--carefully.


Previous Star Party at Open Space Visitor Center

Due to Covid-19 mandates, the evening Star Party will not happen in November. This is a video of a past Star Party. We hope to have a party in March if mandates allow. Stay tuned.



After Sunset - Out of the Dark!

Presented by James Carr, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

'After Sunset' is a short presentation on Nightscape Photography, capturing a natural setting after dark (including the night sky) with a DSLR camera or smartphone...easier than you might think.

Inner Earth

Presented by Dr. Thomas Prettyman, Planetary Science Institute

What's inside the Earth? How spacecraft missions to asteroids could tell us about the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets and how you can get involved, a NASA mission called Psyche will visit an asteroid that might be the core of an igneous protoplanet exposed by collisions.

Ring Around A Planet

Presented by Len Duda, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society

The NASA Cassini spacecraft mission spent 13 years (ending in 1917) orbiting Saturn, providing a wealth of images and information on the planet, rings and unique moons. This presentation is a brief overview of the mission with a large spread of images of it all.

What Would You Do if You Were an Intergalactic Ambassador?

Presented by Agent Fermi, InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute

A brief history of the InterGalactic Ambassadors Program and an overview of 235 answers to the question, "What would you do if you were an InterGalactic Ambassador?" presentation for the 2020 Virtual Cosmic Carnival produced by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division.

Pocket Solar System

Presented by Kevin Dilley, Explora!

Using just paper, tape and some markers, we'll learn how to construct a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system such as the planets, the Asteroid Belt, and the Kuiper Belt.