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The Saunders Planetarium


The Saunders Planetarium now features a new projection dome, new seating arrangements and a state-of-the-art star projector—the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system—capable of recreating the night sky from any time in less than 20 seconds from the past, present, and future from anywhere on the planet!



In addition, the new interactive planetarium is capable of playing movies, ultra 3D graphics and live videos from NASA.




Saunders Planetarium Schedule

Weekday Planetarium shows: 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday shows: 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Please Note: Planetarium schedule is subject to change. For more information, please call (813) 987-6000.


Join us outside by MOSI’s Butterfly Garden to see the universe up-close and personal through the MOSI telescopes. Viewings begin at sundown. SkyWatch is a free event; however donations are welcome.

Upcoming SkyWatch Dates:

Feb. 21, 2015

Mar. 14, 2015

April 11, 2015

May 9, 2015

  • See the universe up-close and personal through MOSI’s telescopes.

  • See craters on the Moon.

  • Watch as another planet’s moons slowly perform a gravitational dance.

  • See stellar nurseries where stars are being formed.

  • See star clusters so far away that light – traveling at 186,000 miles per second – takes tens of thousands of years to make it to your eye.

Please note: Clear skies are required to use the telescopes; SkyWatch will not be available if it is raining or cloudy.








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