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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.,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.

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.


Alien Planets | Saturday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.

This Space Talk is designed for the audience to speculate on the types of life forms that could exist on other planets. Topics will include habitable planets, gravity as it relates to evolution and how science fiction has shaped our understanding of how alien life forms should look like. 


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 Orion Nebula | Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

See how stars are born through MOSI telescopes.

SkyWatch on Top of the DOME

Saturday, Dec. 16, 26, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 40 at 6 p.m.

View the sky from on top of the Florida Hospital IMAX DOME Theatre.

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 camping equipment, tent, and transportation to Farrout Observatoy. Sky Safari is limited to 30 campers.


  • Dates: January 9-10, 2016; 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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