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.
September 7, 2013 - May 3, 2014
First Saturday of every month, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Safely gaze upon the closest star to our home planet - the Sun. Our astronomers take aim at the sun to reveal the secrets hidden behind its glare. Take a peek at the Sun’s surface to see what kind of day the sun is having. Sometimes the surface is placid and serene but more often than not, it is boiling with sunspots and solar flares.
November 16, 2013 - February 21, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays, First & Third Weekends of the Month, 5:00 - 9:00 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.
10 March 2014
Posted in Crosby Observatory
Orlando Science Center participated in the 11th Annual Dark Sky Festival in Harmony, Fla. on February 28 and March 1. The Dark Sky Festival at Harmony invites the community to share their love for astronomy and stress the importance of protecting dark skies.
Science Center staff showcased experiments and demonstrations using liquid nitrogen, heat and light throughout the night. They also brought along the "Digital Planet" device — a miniature version of the Science on a Sphere — and science interpreters performed the "Kaboom" show in front of a live audience earlier on in the evening.
Photo Credit: Michael King