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Have a club, school group or other community organization that wants to reserve the planetarium? These groups can reserve the planetarium for free special programs on dates and times they choose other than Friday evenings.
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The St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory are great places for all ages to explore the universe. The planetarium is a “star theater” with a 24-foot domed ceiling that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth.
Free shows are held every Friday night at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. when the college is in session. The planetarium is also available free of charge to clubs, school groups and other community organizations by special request.
The St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus is also home to a rooftop observatory, featuring a 20-inch reflecting telescope that is open to students and the public after planetarium shows. Additional telescopes are available on our spacious third floor observation deck. Special telescopes equipped with solar filters allow daytime visitors to safely view sunspots, prominences and other solar activity.
Both the planetarium and observation deck are wheelchair-accessible.
Explore the stars without trekking far from home, for a price that's out of this world: Free. The planetarium offers two free public shows on Friday nights at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. when the college is in session. Shows are hosted by resident astronomer Dr. Craig Joseph and feature live narration with images displayed by computer-controlled projectors.
The planetarium comfortably seats 46 and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Planetarium shows last approximately 45 minutes, and no one can be admitted after the show begins. Children are welcome as long as they are 5 or older. The observatory and portable telescopes are available to the public after planetarium shows, weather permitting.
“Dance of the Planets”
August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21Through the remainder of the summer, the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will continue to dominate the early evening sky. Learn about them in the planetarium, then see them for real with our rooftop telescopes!
“Legends of the Fall”
September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9
The autumn skies are filled with constellations intertwined in Greek myth and lore. Learn some of the stories playing out in the evening sky this fall.
If you are in the Halloween spirit, come visit our “Haunted Planetarium”! During the month of October, our planetarium will be haunted by ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and other creatures of the night. Not recommended for very small children (suggested minimum age is 7 or 8). If you have any questions, please call!
November 16, 30; December 7Be sure to visit our Yuletide planetarium decorated for the holiday season! Go back in time 2000 years to see astronomical events that may have inspired the Biblical account of the “Christmas Star”.
The planetarium will be closed on November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Following the December 7 shows, the planetarium will be closed until classes resume in January
For questions about the planetarium, contact Craig Joseph:
Call 727-341-4320 or
St. Petersburg College P.O. Box 13489St. Petersburg FL 33733-3489727-341-4772