Orlando Science Center's exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting interactive experiences! Learning has never been so fun with these hands on educational exhibits. From down to earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology, everywhere you look, you'll find educational and entertaining opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover.
The Orlando Science Center is home to some of the most exciting traveling exhibits in the country. Upcoming traveling exhibits at the Science Center include Blue Man Group – Making Waves and Adventures With Clifford: The Big Red Dog. When these exhibits are in town they are only here for a limited time; so don’t miss the opportunity to see them!
As great as our traveling exhibits are, there are some exhibits that are the staple of the Orlando Science Center. NatureWorks will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles. At DinoDigs, you’ll step back into the prehistoric age. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape our Earth, as well as other planets in Our Planet, Our Universe. Explore such concepts as electricity and magnetism, lasers, soundwaves, and nature’s forces in Science Park. No visit to the Science Center is complete without a trip to KidsTown, an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.
Science Live! Programs
What’s the difference between a great visit to a Science Center and a memorable visit? Live programs. Our exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, our Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, our live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime.
Looking for little more “hard science” in your next Science Center visit? Look no further than the Science Stations located throughout the facility. Science Stations are a cross between exhibits and live programs in that they’re exhibits that typically include a live program to truly bring the experience to life. Science Stations provide an in-depth look at their respective subject matter in an entertaining way. Be sure to check your program schedule to see which Science Stations are conducting demonstrations on the day of your next visit.
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.
18 March 2011
Posted in Crosby Observatory
Many of you may have heard about the impending “Supermoon” doomed to destroy the whole of Earth on March 19. I’m here to ease your worry. A “Supermoon”, according to astrologers (not scientists), is when a full moon occurs along with lunar perigee, or when the moon is at its closest distance to Earth in a year. This year’s perigee is special, because it is the closest in the past 18 years. Therefore astrologers are dubbing this particular event an “Extreme Supermoon” because of such a rare occurrence.
What does this mean for Earth? Not much actually. Some will have you believe that having the moon so much closer to Earth will provide catastrophic earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and overwhelming tides. Science, however, tells a different story. While the tides will be slightly more affected than usual the gravitational influence of the moon on the Earth’s crust, mantel or core will be negligible.
If you are interested in viewing the moon, 10% larger than normal, we do not recommend you use a telescope because your own two eyes will provide you with the best observing. The moon's surface will be too bright through the telescope to notice features like mountains or craters. Our Crosby Observatory will not be open this weekend, but we encourage you to check the website for our next public availability. Until then, enjoy the view, don’t fear it!