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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.


June 25th · Black Holes: This Space Talk will focus on black holes - a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—including particles and electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from inside it.


July 30th · Dark Matter: This Space Talk will focus dark matter, a hypothetical substance that is believed by most astronomers to account for around five-sixths of the matter in the universe. Although it has not been directly observed, its existence and properties are inferred from its various gravitational effects.


August 27th Meteorites: This Space Talk will focus on meteorites as well as the formation of impact craters. Guests will have an opportunity to touch meteorites from Mars and the Moon!


September 17th The End of the Universe: What is time? Will the Universe end? Are there other universes? This Space Talk will focus on cosmology and the ultimate fate of the Universe. 






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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