Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Cocoa

4.4
#14 of 24 in Things to do in Cocoa
The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, or AMPO, also known as the Eastern Florida State College Planetarium and Observatory, is an astronomical observatory and planetarium at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa, Florida. The facility consists of a planetarium, public observatory, large-screen movie theater, exhibit halls, multi-media classroom and an art gallery.
The 210-seat planetarium theater is a 70-foot overhead hemisphere onto which images from a variety of projectors are shone, to simulate the night sky and to provide multimedia educational and entertainment programs to area schools and to the public. On the rooftop public observatory, visitors can view planets, stars, galaxies and other objects directly through a 24in Ritchey–Chrétien telescope operated by observatory staff and members of the Brevard Astronomical Society.
The observatory is also home to The Discovery Theater, Science Quest Exhibit Hall, and the International Hall of Space Explorers. The Discovery Theater uses a 70 mm Iwerks movie projector to shown are science and nature films. It also has an art gallery which images of space are shown, such as Messier 101.
Put Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory into our Cocoa journey builder tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cocoa.
Create an itinerary including Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
26 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • A few times a year, we visit the planetarium. My 6-year old enjoys all the "toys' in the inside "lobby area". We usually go to see the movie, but always arrive early, so he has time to enjoy the...  more »
  • My Senior Girl Scout troop is working on a badge and was required to attend a planetarium. Eastern Florida State College is the closest and the tickets were very reasonable, plus I had a coupon...  more »
Google
  • My son and I went to the observatory on a whim after the launch we planned to watch was scrubbed. Hanging out with the guys in the observatory wasn't loud and spectacular, but they had amazing knowledge to share. Plus, hearing my son say "wooooooooow" when he looked at Jupiter, Io, and Ganymede through the telescope was about as spectacular as it gets in my book! The attached photo of Jupiter is garbage compared to what it actually looked like. It was taken with my old iPhone against the eyepiece of the scope. Imagine actually being able to tell that it's Jupiter, in color with bands visible, in the middle. Other photo is my son looking through the scope.
  • Awesome place. Very interesting and entertaining.

Plan your trip to Cocoa

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Cocoa

View all ›
4.4
Duration:2​h
4.8
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration:2​h
4.4
Duration:2​h

Side trips from Cocoa

Hidden gems in Cocoa

4.6
Duration:4​h
4.8
Duration:2​h
4.9
Duration:30​min
3.6
Duration:2​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Cocoa

4.8
Duration:2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration:2​h
4.6
Duration:8​h

Museums in Cocoa

Tours in Cocoa

3.8
Duration:2​h