The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is temporarily closed to support our nation's efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all exhibits, events, programs and Spring Break Camp. We will re-open in alignment with Palm Beach County Schools. Please stay tuned to our dedicated webpage and social media channels for virtual science and more updates.

Observatory

The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium's Newly Upgraded Observatory 

               

 

The NEW telescope in the observatory is an F/11 refractor. With a 10-inch lens weighing 35 pounds; the scope is 10 feet long and sits on a computerized mount resting on an adjustable pier that can move the scope up and down to accommodate our tallest and smallest guests. The telescope is one of the largest refractors in the state and is also equipped with a solar filter to view the sun during daylight hours and amazing optics for nighttime viewing of the planets, moon and other objects that come to life with it. The entire project which took 18 months to build, was designed by the Science Center staff and the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches.

The Observatory is open for night sky viewing on the last Friday of every month during Nights at the Museum and for solar viewing on select Saturdays. All viewing sessions are weather permitting.

Funding for this project was provided by the Marmot Foundation.

Our in-house Partners: 

Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches

West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group