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Planetarium and Observatory

  • 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:

  • Explore the universe

    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.

    Check out Venus and Jupiter conjunction

    The public is invited to observe the close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, at the St. Petersburg College observatory between 8:45 and 10:30 p.m. on Monday June 29, Tuesday June 30, and Wednesday July 1. The planets will pass so close to one another that both will be visible simultaneously in a telescope – a rare occurrence. The SPC planetarium and observatory are located in the Natural Science Building on the Gibbs campus, on 69th Street at 5th Avenue North. Admission is free. For additional information, call 727-341-4320.

  • Free Friday 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 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.

    Upcoming shows, 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

    “The Stars of Spring”  - May 22, May 29 

    See some of the celestial attractions that adorn the evening skies above Tampa Bay during May. Stop by and see the moons of Jupiter with our rooftop telescopes! 

    “Dance of the Planets”  - June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 

    Jupiter, Venus, and the beautiful ringed planet Saturn dominate the late spring and summer skies. Watch as Jupiter and Venus converge for a spectacular rendezvous at the end of June!  

    Note: The planetarium will be closed on July 3. Following the July 24 shows, the planetarium will be closed until Aug. 21.

     

  • 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.
  • For questions about the planetarium, contact Craig Joseph:

    Call 727-341-4320 or
    Email joseph.craig@spcollege.edu 

  • Photo Gallery

  • Planetarium and Observatory at St. Pete/Gibbs CampusVenus and Jupiter are visible outside the observatoryStudents get a better look at Jupiter and VenusA recent school group visit to the Planetarium and ObservatoryThe 20-inch reflecting telescope at the SPC ObservatoryHoning in on Jupiter and VenusVenus and Jupiter are visible outside the observatoryAn example of what can be seen in the PlanetariumHalloween at PlanetariumHalloween at the PlanetariumChristmas at PlanetariumChristmas at the Planetarium