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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., 2p.m. and 4 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 for an interactive presentation in the Saunders Planetarium. Included with MOSI admission, tickets required. Limited seating; late seating not available.


Stopping Asteroids | Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.

According to abundant geological evidence, an asteroid roughly 6 miles across hit our planet 65 million years ago and wiped out most life on Earth, including the dinosaurs. This Space Talk will focus on potential impacts in the future and how scientists and engineers today are designing creative ideas to stop the next asteroid!

UFOs: Are Aliens Among Us? | Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

In the spirit of Halloween, this Space Talk will focus on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), to include sightings in Florida, and whether or not there is scientific physical evidence that some UFOs are of an extraterrestrial origin!

The Complex Chemistry of Titan | Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.

NASA research has found that, depending on their particular make-up and volume, the lakes on Titan could be hosts for a certain type of prebiotic-like chemistry that could lead to life. Additionally, high-energy cosmic rays continue to blast down on the lakes, which could spark reactions that create more complex molecules.


Daily Space Talks Schedule


1 p.m. located in front of Mission: Moonbase

·        Monday: NASA Rockets: How do rockets work?

·        Tuesday: Meteorites: What are meteorites?

·        Wednesday: Lunar Rovers: NASA is paving the way for the future of exploration of the lunar surface with rovers.

·      Thursday: Space Suits: Space is a vacuum with temperatures so extreme that astronauts require an environmental pressure suit to survive outside a spacecraft.

·        Friday: NASA Rockets: How do rockets work?


2 p.m. located in front of Mission: Moonbase

·         Saturday: Meteorites: What are meteorites?

·         Sunday: Lunar Rovers: NASA is paving the way for the future of exploration of the lunar surface with rovers.



Bring a blanket and join MOSI astronomers outside as the Employee Parking Lot to see the universe up-close and personal through MOSI telescopes.

·         Listen to MOSI astronomers talk about space and how telescopes work

·         See the universe up-close and personal through different 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

SkyWatch is a free event; however, donations are welcome.

Upcoming SkyWatch Programs:

The Rings of Saturn | Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

This SkyWatch will focus on the gas giant Saturn and her magnificent ring system.

The Andromeda Galaxy | Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Come see the Milky Way's closest neighbor: the Andromeda Galaxy - nearly 2.5 million light years away!

Finding Neptune | Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Although barely visible with the naked eye, come see Neptune through MOSI telescopes!

The Orion Nebula | Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

See how stars are born through MOSI telescopes.

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.









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