EXPLORE THE STARS AT SPC'S PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORY

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.

Planetarium Gallery


FREE FRIDAY PLANETARIUM SHOWS

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 Stars of Summer"
Aug. 25; Sept. 1, 8, 15, 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.

"Legends of the Fall"
Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3
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!

"Yuletide Skies"
Nov. 17; Dec. 1, 8
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".

Note: The planetarium will be closed on Nov. 10 for Veteran's Day, and Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Following the Dec. 8 shows, the planetarium will be closed until Jan. 12, 2018.

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. Because of the extended daylight hours during the summer, telescope viewing is possible only after the 8:15 show. 

ROOFTOP OBSERVATORY

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.

SCHEDULE YOUR GROUP EVENT

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:

PLANETARIUM LOCATION

The Planetarium is located on the second floor of the Natural Science Building (SC 205) on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus located at on 69th Street North at 5th Avenue. Free parking is available for the celestial shows.

CONTACTS

For questions about the planetarium, contact Craig Joseph at 727-341-4320 or email joseph.craig@spcollege.edu.