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Last Chance for Observatory Viewing at Science Center

Seasonal viewing for the Orlando Science Center wraps up on Saturday, February 18. The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center has been open night sky-watching since November. This season concludes following sky-watching sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 on Saturday, February 18.

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. Visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical events.

In addition, guests can experience a live planetarium show in the Dr. Phillips CineDome during their visit. Orlando By Night features the seasonal sky over Orlando with astronomy presenters identifying the constellation groupings hovering over the City Beautiful. They will also entertain visitors with legends related to constellations, including Orion the Hunter and the lovely Pleiades. Discover how to let the stars be your guide by learning how to read the night sky. Orlando By Night will be presented on observatory nights at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Orlando By Night combined with stargazing in the Crosby Observatory offers a stellar experience for amateur astronomers of all ages. Enjoy this star-studded evening for only $10 for everyone (regular admission is usually $17 for adults, $12 kids). These tickets provide access to the observatory and the planetarium show only (the rest of the Science Center will be closed during sky-watching hours). This experience is free for Science Center members.

For more information on the Orlando Science Center or observatory hours, please visit 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.

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