Orlando, FL – November 16, 2010 – The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center houses Florida’s largest refractor telescopes available to the public. Beginning this Saturday, November 19, the Crosby Observatory will be open for seasonal night sky viewing. The Observatory will be accessible on the first and third Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Saturday, February 18.
The observatory will be accessible on the following Saturday evenings: November 19, December 3 and 17, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18. Visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical special events during evening sky watches and solar observing using our telescope.
Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view visible moons and planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. Astronomy experts and volunteers will be on hand to make sure you get the best view possible. In addition to the spectacular sky watching, enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline.
Whether you are gazing through the giant refractor or one of the smaller telescopes on the observation desk, the Crosby Observatory offers a stellar evening for amateur astronomers of all ages. Enjoy visiting the observatory for the reduced admission price of $7 for everyone (regular admission is usually $17 for adults, $12 kids). These tickets only provide access to the observatory (the rest of the Science Center will be closed during skywatching hours – from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Observatory is free for Science Center members.
For more information on the Orlando Science Center or observatory hours, please visit www.osc.org or call 407.514.2000. Got a question of a celestial nature? Call our Astronomy Q&A Hotline at 407.514.2051. Want to know what’s going on in the sky above Orlando? Call the Astronomy Info Hotline at 407.514.2088 for a recorded update on the sights overhead.