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.
04 November 2010
Posted in Crosby Observatory
Keep your eyes to the sky December 7 - 14, 2010 to catch a glimpse of the year’s most prolific meteor shower display, the Geminids. The Geminid meteoroids originated from dust grains left behind from Asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Every time the Earth passes through the dust cloud or meteor stream, we experience what is known as the Geminids meteor shower. The shower’s radiant - the point in the sky from which the shooting stars appear to be falling from - is the constellation Gemini, which rises above the eastern horizon after 9:00 p.m. local time.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic
Monday, December 13 will be the peak night, providing the chance to witness over 120 shooting stars in an hour, darting across the sky in various colors such as, blue, green and red. Mark your calendars, grab a blanket and head to a dark area from midnight until dawn for optimal viewing and an unbelievable show!