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Planetarium and Space Programs 

To contact Professor Antonio Paris, Planetarium Director, please call 813.987.6339 or e-mail Antonio.Paris@mosi.org


The Saunders Planetarium features a projection dome and a state-of-the-art star projector – the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system – capable of recreating the night sky from anytime 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.

The Saunders Planetarium Schedule:

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

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

 Please note: Planetarium schedule is subject to change.


  Space Talks


Join Professor Antonio Paris and his team for an interactive presentation in the Saunders Planetarium. Included with MOSI admission, tickets required. Limited seating; late seating not available.




Special Engagements 


He's also a surgeon, scientist, and U.S. Marine -- find more about this amazing NASA legend's life here.


An Afternoon With An Astronaut - Story Musgrave


Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Meet Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to go to space in all five space shuttles! Dr. Musgrave will talk about his experiences repairing and saving the Hubble Space Telescope. The presentation will be followed by the award-winning IMAX film “Hubble.”


Tickets: $15 per person

MOSI member: $10 per person


Get your tickets here



Add-on Meet-and-Greet with Story Musgrave

 Enjoy light snacks and drinks in an intimate meet-and-greet, where you can talk one-on-one and take home a keepsake photo with Story Musgrave for the ultimate astronaut experience! Add this meet-and-greet experience to your Afternoon with an Astronaut ticket.

*Meet-and-Greet event is not a standalone ticket. Admission to the 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. event must also be purchased to be eligible for Meet-and-Greet.


Get your tickets here






Cosmic Collisions and Dinosaurs!


October 23, 2016: 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.


Join NASA scientist Dr. Adriana Ocampo as she presents Cosmic Collisions and Dinosaurs! This fun and interactive presentation is centered on what happened to our planet 66 million years ago and the ultimate demise of the dinosaurs! Following the presentation, guests will proceed to the five-story Florida Hospital IMAX DOME Theatre to watch "Dinosaurs Alive!"

Get your tickets here







Bring a blanket and join MOSI astronomers outside in the Employee Parking Lot to get up-close and personal with the universe. 


Upcoming SkyWatch Programs:


  SkyWatch will return in Oct. 2016. 


Please note: SkyWatch will not be available if it is raining or cloudy. Please check the weather before you depart for MOSI.





Tales of the Night Sky: Can’t come out at night? Let MOSI bring the night sky to you! MOSI’s portable Starlab planetarium can re-create the nighttime sky complete with stars and galaxies. Discover the stories behind the stars and Greek mythology. Learn how to interpret the night sky and what’s visible that evening.

For more information on Starlab, please contact MOSI Reservations at (813) 987-6000.



Telescopes to Go Program

Telescopes to Go: Have an out-of-this-world field trip right at your school. Explore the wonders of the universe and the nighttime sky through telescopes. Have record attendance at your next PTO, PTA or school family night. Imagine a program that excited your parents as much as your students. MOSI astronomers will deliver, set up and operate the telescopes for a special SkyWatch at your location.

For more information on Telescopes to Go, please contact MOSI Reservations at (813) 987-6000.




Sky Safari


 In collaboration with the Farrout Observatory in Florida, MOSI’s Sky Safari is both a Skywatch and overnight camping trip. Events during Sky Safari will include a class on telescopes and observations of the celestial night. Program fee also includes dinner (Famous FOO Chili Dog and snacks) and breakfast (Pancakes and fruit).

Please contact MOSI reservations for details!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Campers are responsible for their food, camping equipment, tent, and transportation to Farrout Observatoy. Sky Safari is limited to 30 campers. 

 Dates:  Aug 13-14, 2016

Program fee: $50 for adults; $35 for children; MOSI member: $40 per adults; $25 for children


















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