Explore the stars without trekking far from home for a price that's out of this world: Free.
Now playing: "The Stars of Summer" August 25; Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
The summer skies bring the majesty of the Milky Way into full view with many fine telescope targets. Mighty Jupiter dominates the evening sky through the first week of September, when it is lost in the glare of the setting Sun. But lovely Saturn will continue to grace the evening sky through the remainder of the summer.
Learn about these planets and see them first-hand with our observatory telescopes! 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-served 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.The Planetarium is located on the second floor of the Natural Science Building (SC 205) on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus located at 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Free parking is available for the celestial shows.