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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.
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 SummerAugust 22 and 29; September 5, 12, 19 and 25
See some of the celestial attractions that adorn the evening skies
above Tampa Bay during the late summer months. Stop by and view the rings of
Saturn with our rooftop telescopes!
Legends of the FallOctober 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; November 7 and 14The 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 8).
Yuletide SkiesNovember 21; December 5 and 12 Be 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”.
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