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.
June 14 – August 17, 2013
Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00 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.
13 December 2012
Posted in Crosby Observatory
The best meteor shower of the year happens tonight when Earth passes through the debris tail of asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
The Geminid Meteor Shower can produce up to 120 meteors per hour – that’s an average of two per minute. What’s great is that it can be seen no matter where you live on the planet.
The meteor shower will peak around 8 p.m. at the observer’s respective local time, but will be at its most intense and directly overhead between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.
What makes this year’s Geminid meteor shower extra special is the fact it coincides with a new moon, meaning the dark conditions will make it that much easier to witness.