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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 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.

  • 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 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.

    Upcoming shows

    Saturn: Lord of the Rings

    Two shows: 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
    May 23, 30
    June 6, 13, 20, 27

    The Stars of Summer
    July 11, 18, 25

    The planetarium will be closed July 4. Following the July 25 shows, the planetarium will be closed until Aug. 22.

  • 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 VenusVenus and Jupiter are visible outside the observatoryA 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 Planetarium