Neutron stars can spin at a rate of 600 rotations per second.
Planetarium and Space Programs
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: 12 p.m.,1 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.
There are no public planetarium shows scheduled on 2/13/16 and 2/14/16.
My Little Valentine Luncheon
Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14 Seating at 12 p.m.
Program fee: $70 per two participants MOSI member: $50 per two participants
Take the family on a yummy cosmic adventure while under the stars and planets! Join MOSI astronomers for this unique opportunity at the Saunders Planetarium as unforgettable memories are created.
Total Eclipse of the Heart Valentine Dinner
Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14 (Sunday seatings are full)
First Seating: 5:30 p.m.
Second Seating: 8:30 p.m.
Program fee: $120 per couple MOSI member: $90 per couple
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique MOSI experience only at the Saunders Planetarium!
I Love You. Te Amo. Je t’aime. Say it over a light dinner in the Saunders Planetarium at MOSI, where you will see the transforming night sky from exotic places around the globe as you listen to the greatest romantic stories from the ancient celestial past.
*Seating is limited. Advance reservation required. Call 813.987.6000.
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.
Mars 3D | Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.
This Space Talk will focus on the geology of Mars, including volcanoes, impact cratering, and ancient water flow. Guests will be provided with a pair of 3D glasses.
Wormholes | Saturday, March. 12 at 5 p.m.
This Space Talk will focus on wormholes, a hypothetical shortcut connecting two separate points in spacetime. Wormholes, if they exist, could connect far distances such as billions of light years, different universes, and in theory, time.
Interstellar Travel | Saturday, April. 16 at 5 p.m.
This Space Talk will focus Interstellar space travel - manned or unmanned travel between stars. Interstellar travel is much more difficult than interplanetary travel because of the combination of great speed (some percentage of the speed of light) and huge travel time (lasting from years to millennia) would be required.
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:
Feb 20th, 6pm
March 12th, 6pm
April 16th, 7pm
May 7th, 7pm
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.
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 camping equipment, tent, and transportation to Farrout Observatoy. Sky Safari is limited to 30 campers.
Dates: March 19-20, 2016; and May 14-15, 2016
Program fee: $67 for adults; $40 for children; MOSI member: $50 per adults; $30 for children
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