ENJOY SPC PLANETARIUM SHOWS FROM HOME 

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: Red Planet"

January 22, 29; February 5, 12

The planet Mars has been a fixture in the evening sky since its debut last fall. Join us for a virtual tour of the current evening sky that includes news from the red planet!

"Star Home Theater: The Great Hunter"

February 19, 26; March 5, 12

The Great Hunter Orion is at its prime in the early evening sky. Learn about the amazing stars that make up this popular constellation, the great nebula that adorns his sword, and other attractions in the cool winter sky above Tampa Bay.

"Star Home Theater: Rites of Spring"

March 19, 26; April 2, 9

Why is the beginning of spring such a special time of the year? Learn the astronomical significance of the equinoxes and visit some of the stars and constellations that herald the beginning of spring.

"Star Home Theater: Galaxies Galore"

April 16, 23, 30; May 7

The April sky features more galaxies than any other time of the year. The true nature of these vast “island universes” was discovered a century ago by Edwin Hubble. Learn how Hubble’s discovery increased the size of the universe a thousand-fold practically overnight!


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.

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.

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.

Planetarium Gallery