Observatory

Scheduled Times – Level 6

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects.

 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

 

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

All activities and events in the Observatory are weather-permitting. Observatory hours are subject to change based on weather conditions in the area.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Viewing Opportunities

Solar Viewing

Second Saturday of the Month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Get a more in-depth look at the closest star to the Earth — our sun! After checking out the sun, learn about the telescopes that let us explore the solar system. Please remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth.

Science Night Live

An “adult swim” of the science variety, this event features everything you love about the Science Center… without kids! 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.

 

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Science After Sundown

Friday & Saturday Evenings
July 5 – August 10, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

 

During the summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes go up as you experience science fun and discovery, plus a few added surprises, during late nights at Orlando Science Center.

 

Science After Sundown is your chance to get stellar views of the night sky by joining our veteran sky-watchers in the observatory. These late nights will offer the best views!

Other Opportunities

Adopt-A-Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

 

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is considered a “bright” star and all of them are visible from the OSC’s observatory at some point throughout the year.

 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Local Astronomy Group

Interested in joining a local astronomy group? Check out the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

 

CFAS activities include monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, monthly observing sessions at several sites across Central Florida, publication of a web information site, and public observing sessions when events of significant interest occur.

 

For more information, visit their site at www.cfas.org.

Private Observatory Rentals

Add a truly special touch to your next event by hosting it in the Observatory. Guests will have access to Orlando’s best view for stargazing at Florida’s largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. Top off a night of fun with a breathtaking view of the heavens beyond the Orlando skyline. Available for groups of 40 or less.

 

Please call 407.514.2290 for rental information.

 

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