You have a front seat to view the starscape with SPC’s Star Home Theater this spring! SPC’s resident astronomer Dr. Craig Joseph will host a series of planetarium shows via Zoom through May 2021.

All shows are free, open to the public and start at 7 p.m. Check out the upcoming at-home star shows or the college’s event calendar at spcollege.edu/events, including links to sign up for shows.

Please note: The SPC Planetarium on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus is closed until further notice as the college continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and Florida.

Star Home Theater: A Tour of the Universe

May 28; June 4, 11, 18

The Big Dipper dominates the springtime sky, along with everyone’s favorite Lion – Leo! Join us as we explore the sights and attractions of the late spring sky over Tampa Bay. As an added bonus, we will take a virtual tour of the universe, making a few stops along the way!

Star Home Theater: Lives of the Stars

June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23

The theme of the summer sky is stellar birth and stellar death – there are examples of both that can be seen in amateur telescopes. See the stars and constellations that dominate summer evenings, and learn how stars are born, live out their lives, and eventually expire.


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.


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.


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.

Planetarium Gallery