SkyWatch

Join our space experts to enjoy an evening of space exploration through MOSI’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events are located in the parking lot by the MOSI entrance.

All Ages | Weather Permitting | No ticket or purchase required

September 25, 2021 | 8pm - 10:30 pm

Join the MOSI Space Education Specialist for the first SkyWatch program of the 2021/2022 season! Take in stunning views of Saturn and its ring system, the bands of Jupiter and its Galilean moons, and the noxious atmosphere of our sister world, Venus!

October 9, 2021 | 8pm - 10:30pm

Two of the Jovian giants of our solar system continue dazzle in the night sky. Saturn and Jupiter have over 160 combined natural satellites, and a few of which you can view orbiting with a telescope in decent conditions. Venus will be making a minor conjunction with our moon throughout the night.

November 13, 2021 | 7pm - 10:30pm

A waxing gibbous moon joins Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn in the Florida skies for the November SkyWatch program. View the crater impacts that dot the surface as our natural satellite begins to dominate the night sky!

December 4, 2021 | 7pm - 10:30pm

The planetary trifecta of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn continue to romp across the sky. However, the trio is joined by winter sky objects like the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the “Seven Sisters”.

January 8, 2022 | 7pm - 10:30pm

The first Sky Watch of 2022 brings Mercury to the planetary parade as the smallest planet of our solar system will join Saturn and Jupiter. Mercury will be aside Saturn to the west as both worlds set for the night.

February 26, 2022 | 7pm - 10:30pm

February welcomes prime viewing of the “Winter Hexagon”, which consists of the stars Rigel, Sirius, Procyon, Aldebaran, Capella, and Pollux. The asterism will also provide a good framework to find and view the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion Nebula.

March 12, 2022 | 8pm - 10:30pm

The Winter Hexagon asterism and its host constellations continue to dazzle in the night sky. The collection of bright stars will be prominent to the southwest alongside a waxing gibbous moon.

April 9, 2022 | 8pm - 10:30pm

The final SkyWatch of the 2021-2022 season brings some last views of the Winter Hexagon and the Orion Nebula as the objects descend to the west. A waxing gibbous moon will dazzle in the sky with potential views of the M44 Beehive Cluster in the Cancer and a shot at seeing a few members of the Leo Triplets.