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

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

 

Tickets will be on sale soon, please check back regularly. Competitions have limited seating available and are $5 per participant. Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

 

Schedule

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball FighterZ (1 v 1, 32 cap, PlayStation 4)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

$10 Day At Orlando Science Center

Join us on Sunday, September 29 for half off General Admission! 

Join Orlando Science Center for a special opportunity to engage in science learning and fun for a discounted price on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

 

This is your only opportunity to experience the brand-new exhibit, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine for the low price of $10! Visitors can also enjoy all four floors of exhibits, giant-screen and 3D films, and live programming for just $10 per person. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

 

Limited tickets are available for the discounted $10 Day! Tickets can sell out in advance, so be sure to purchase yours online to ensure you don’t miss out! Normal general admission fees are $21 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-11), which means $10 Day patrons will enjoy up to more than 50% savings per ticket.

Orlando Science Center strives to make science education accessible to everyone and offers the Science For All general admission and membership programs to families in need every day. But $10 Day offers families who do not qualify for those programs the opportunity to experience everything the Science Center has to offer at a budget-friendly price.

 

While attending this family fun day, see Orlando Science Center’s newest exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine; catch films on the giant-screen like Great Bear Rainforest, Oceans: Our Blue Planet; and see 3D films like Australia’s Great Wild North, and Superpower Dogs. Plus, explore all four floors of hands-on exhibits that will engage the family and inspire your curiosity, including KidsTowndesigned for children 7 and under, The Hive: A Makerspace where creativity runs wild, and Kinetic Zone, which allows you to explore the fundamentals of forces in an interactive way!

 

Due to the high volume of expected guests, tickets to $10 Day on September 29 are available online in advance so you can pre-purchase your tickets and scan them for reduced admission time. 

 

This special price is only available on Sunday, September 29!

 

Additional offsite parking locations include:

Magruder Eye Institute on Mills Ave. (Free)
AdventHealth Urology Association on Mills Ave. (Free)
Curbside North and South along Mills Ave. (Free)
AdventHealth McRae Garage (Paid Parking)

Track Shack’s Celebration of Running

Orlando Science Center members save $2.00 on race registration. For discount code check your June Microscope newsletter, or call 407.514.2036.

By participating you are helping to support the Orlando Science Center.
For more information and to register for the race visit click the link below

 

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.

Science After Sundown

This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. Experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

Science After Sundown continues Fridays and Saturdays through August 10.