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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.
For group reservations:
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 using a GOTO GE-6. 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. On this third-floor observation deck, you will find numerous portable high-powered telescopes. 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.
The Planetarium will be closed on Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the shows scheduled on Friday, January 30 have been cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Our usual schedule will resume on February 6.
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 seats 46 and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are not required for the Friday shows. Shows last approximately 45 minutes. Feel free to bring children as long as they are 5 or older. The observatory and portable telescopes are available to the public after planetarium shows, weather permitting.
The Stars of Winter
January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6 (closed March 13)
See some of the celestial attractions that adorn the crisp, cool evening skies above Tampa Bay during the winter months. Stop by and see the moons of Jupiter with our rooftop telescopes!
The Stars of SpringMarch 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (closed April 3)The brilliant planets Jupiter and Venus dominate the spring skies. Watch as they slowly converge, heading for a spectacular rendezvous in late June.
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