The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.

Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and double stars.

All activities and events in the Crosby Observatory
are weather permitting only.

  

SkyWatch

June 13 - August 16, 2014
Every Friday & Saturday Evening, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Join our astronomers in the Crosby Observatory for a night full of wonder. Enjoy views of the celestial objects while you take in the glittering Orlando skyline. Our telescopes will expand your horizons to places like Jupiter, Mars and Venus and beyond.

 

Science Night Live

Seasonal Event: Please Check Events Calendar

An “adult swim” of the science variety, the event features everything great about the Science Center. Experience all four floors of exhibits, films and hands-on programming aimed specifically for grown-ups, while enjoying adult food and beverages available for purchase. Must be 21 and older.

 

Science Center patrons saw an event that comes once in a lifetime (and two if you’re lucky) with the Transit of Venus on June 5. About 200 people gathered for the celestial phenomenon signified with the direct passing of Venus between the Earth and Sun. It is seen by observers as a small black dot moving across the face of our star.

Members were treated to a viewing in the Crosby Observatory. Other guests experienced the occasion from the roof of the Science Center’s parking garage where the Seminole State College Planetarium staff held an observing party with telescopes to peer through.

Rainy conditions wouldn’t deter the cosmically curious as the fun continued in the Darden Adventure Theater with trivia contests; a presentation by Derek Demeter, Seminole State College Planetarium Director; and a live feed of the transit from the W.M. Keck Observatory at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii that was projected on the big screen.

Enjoy these photos from the event!


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Before the invention of telescopes, viewing stars was a difficult task because they blurred together in a white streak formation across the sky. An ancient Greek myth states that this white streak was coined ‘Via Galactica’ or “road made of milk” and is how our galaxy came to be known as the Milky Way.

Milky_Way

Our solar system, along with hundreds of billions of stars, clouds of dust and gases lie throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Imagine the galaxy like a pancake being stretched, with a huge bulge forming in the center. From there, huge groups of stars and dust particles fan out from the center, generating a spiral of curving, coiled and patterned arms.

Sometimes parts of the Milky Way can be viewed with the naked eye. On very clear, dark nights it appears as a band of milky starlight stretching across the sky. So the next time you look up at the night sky, you will know that the Milky Way is so much more than a candy bar!


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