Mercury Transit Viewing from Orlando Science Center

Mercury is in Retrograde Transit

Monday, November 11, 2019 will be a big day for the solar system’s smallest planet. In a rare occurrence, Mercury will transit, or visibly pass in between Earth and the sun. As Mercury and Venus are the only planets who orbit between Earth and the sun, only their transits can be seen from Earth. This rare event only happens about 13 times every century, and won’t happen again until 2032.


Mercury transits are so rare because each planet takes a different amount of time to orbit the sun, and therefore rarely overlap. Planetary transits like Mercury’s are essential to helping astronomers understand space. Scientists have discovered hundreds of exoplanets, and can even measure planetary atmospheres by observing these phenomenon.

How to view it:

Mercury’s transit across the sun will be visible in North America starting at 7:30 a.m. EST.  In honor of Mercury’s big transit around the sun, The Orlando Science Center’s observatory will be open for viewing. On November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST stop by the observatory to take a peek through sun-safe telescopes, check out hands-on demonstrations, and attend a Q&A with our knowledgeable science interpreters.


Mercury’s Transit viewing party is included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). For more information, please call 407.514.2000

Soar Into November at Orlando Science Center!

This month’s fun fall lineup will help you fill the gap between Halloween and the holidays!

Get ready to celebrate flight during Aviation Month, gaze at spectacular stars, level up your paper-crafting skills and so much more! All month long we’re celebrating the science of flight with exciting STEM challenges, workshops, movies and more. Whether it’s propellers, planes or parachutes, we’ve got you covered on all things aviation.


In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, veterans and active military personnel can enjoy FREE admission to Orlando Science Center and 50% off for their family, November 1–17! Must present valid military ID to redeem offer.


Feast On These Fun Fall Events:

Star-Studded Evenings

Beginning November 8

Star-Studded Evenings is making a sensational return! Join us for Hollywood films in the Digital Adventure Theater, stargazing in the observatory and special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace. Come by on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and look to the stars.



Veterans Day

November 11

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Red Tails Monument in Loch Haven Park on Monday, November 11, in partnership with Vision of Flight and made possible by Lockheed Martin.



AI Films during Star-Studded Evenings

November 8 — February 22

During Star-Studded Evenings, we’re exploring the many ways Artificial Intelligence has been portrayed in famous Hollywood films. Find out through films such as The Matrix and Avengers: Age of Ultron.



Aviation Weekend

November 16 & 17

Be sure to soar into Orlando Science Center for Aviation Weekend! We’ll have super fly activities such as building and launching stomp rockets and Kite Making workshops at The Hive. Plus, don't miss out on live shows like Peeps in Space and the explosively fun To Infinity & Kaboom!


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The Hive: A Makerspace Workshops

November 1 — 30

Swing on by The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by The Isaacs Family for workshops and other making experiences! Workshops are offered on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and will offer different activities with adult-friendly making.


Workshops will also be available during Star-Studded Evenings. If your crafting skills can’t wait, you’re invited to join us for open make experiences all month long.



Dr. Dare's Lab Experiments

Saturdays & Sundays During November

Did you know that your kitchen is full of chemistry? This month, join us in Dr. Dare’s Lab to learn all about food science, including how much iron you eat in your morning cereal and what vitamin C can do for you.


On November 16 & 17, celebrate the release of Pokemon Sword & Shield by learning all about Pokemon in our lab! There are 7 experiments, and you gotta catch ‘em all!



Thanksgiving Break Camps

November 25 – November 27

When school is out, break camps are in! Students in grades K-2 will develop STEM skills using LEGOs, while students in grades 3-5 will explore the world of physics with the Minecraft video game.



Curtis Kinetic Science Challenge Application Deadline

November 29

We’re calling all educators to assemble a team of tinkerers to compete in the Curtis Kinetic Science Competition! The competition is open to students in Grades 6-8, in teams of up to five. November 29 is the last day to submit you application.



Orlando Science Center Honors Veterans This November

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, at the Red Tails Monument in Loch Haven Park, in partnership with Vision of Flight and made possible by Lockheed Martin. The ceremony is free to attend, and will be a brief and simple ceremony honoring veterans, including a bugler honoring fallen heroes with “Taps.”


From November 1 through the 17, veterans and active military with military ID will receive free admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission, which is also made possible by Lockheed Martin.


The Red Tails Monument serves as a symbol of courage and triumph over adversity that inspires future generations in their pursuit of academic success and careers in STEM fields, such as aviation. During World War II, the Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the Army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.


Remember to visit Orlando Science Center during the month of November for special Aviation Month activities! Then join us on November 16 & 17 for Aviation Weekend, with special flight themed demonstrations and activities. From animal encounters focused on flight to Paper Glider challenges – you’ll soar through science all month long! 


As our military serves our country proudly, their families serve, too. Lockheed Martin works with nonprofit partners like Orlando Science Center and Vision of Flight to support the active duty force and their families. In addition, more than 25,000 veterans work at Lockheed Martin. To learn more about Lockheed Martin’s commitment to veterans, click here.


There is no cost to attend the Red Tails Monument ceremony. For guests who are not veterans or military personnel who want to explore Orlando Science Center after the ceremony, general admission is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors/students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11).

Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory*, participate in a workshop in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by The Isaacs Family and see an Artificial Intelligence-themed feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)!


Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for a date night, or just a fun night out with the family! 


Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

The Hive: A Makerspace Workshops

All-new to Star-Studded Evenings, adult-friendly workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace! Unleash your inner creativity at night with workshops like Machine Sewing, Block Printing, and many more! Each workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will typically run for two hours. 


Please note these workshops are limited capacity. Guests can reserve tickets (no additional cost) at the admissions desk beginning at 5:00 p.m. Each workshop will have a suggested donation cost that goes to supplies for the workshops. The Hive A Makerspace is for ages 8+ only. 

November Workshop Schedule: 

November 8 & 9: Block Printing

Get started with pattern printmaking as you design and carve a custom stamp block and print your own cotton bandana!


November 15 & 16: Machine Sewing for Adults

Learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine and use those skills to create a simple drawstring bag.


November 22 & 23: Sashiko Embroidery

Use a basic running stitch to create a multitude of repeating patterns. Bring in your own article of clothing to customize (pocket t-shirts or jackets work great!) or make a tiny sachet or pincushion.


November 29 & 30: Terrariums

Create a tiny world in a jar using moss, plants, and tiny figurines.


Artificial Intelligence Films

From The Matrix to I, Robot and more, discover the different ways AI has been portrayed in Hollywood during Star-Studded Evenings! Click here to learn more. Different Hollywood films will also be on rotation during Star-Studded evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive.


Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings.