Since the beginning of time, mankind has been fascinated with the stars and planets, and what better way to observe the night sky than to visit a planetarium!
The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, located in the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Science (MOSH) is state of the art, thanks to a recent donation by the Bryan and Gooding families.
The new “Konica Minolta Super Media” digital dome projector system can project 118,000 stars, as well as weather occurrences such as rain, snow, and lightning; it can also access live NASA and Skype feed. With a price tag of $400,000, it is one of only 3 in operation in the United States! It replaced the Jena Projector, which had been in use for 22 years.
A variety of shows focusing on the solar system offer education and entertainment for the entire family. On Friday nights, the Planetarium rocks with laser lights coordinated with music at the popular Cosmic Concerts. (Hint: make sure you like the music being featured before attending). Upcoming special events include a live satellite interview with astronaut Rex Walheim on June 28th.
Admission to most shows is only $3 with your museum admission, or $5 to just visit the planetarium. A complete schedule is available on their website at MOSHPlanetarium.org. While you are at the museum, take time to stroll around Friendship Fountain and enjoy beautiful views of downtown Jacksonville across the St. Johns River.