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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.

  • 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.  

    Schedule 

    “The Stars of Spring”
    May 20, May 27
    See some of the celestial attractions that adorn the evening skies above Tampa Bay in late May. Stop by and see the moons of Jupiter with our rooftop telescopes!

    “Dance of the Planets”
    June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22
    Jupiter, Mars, and the beautiful ringed planet Saturn dominate the evening skies in late spring and throughout the summer. Learn about these planets and see them first-hand with our observatory telescopes!

    Note: Following the July 22 shows, the planetarium will be closed until classes resume the week of Aug. 15.

  • 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