Tampa Astronomy Club

Welcome to the Museum Astronomical Resource Society, also known as the M.A.R.S. astronomy club. M.A.R.S. is sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), in Tampa, Florida. We are also members of both the Astronomical League and Night Sky Network. This site provides club news and astronomical information to our membership and to the public.

There's only one thing the people of M.A.R.S. enjoy more than observing the heavens... that's sharing it with others! Whether you are new to astronomy and curious about how to experience it, or a seasoned veteran looking for an active club to spend observation time with. We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings as our honored guest.

Monthly meetings are normally held on the 3rd floor of MOSI in the Science Works Theater, and take place on the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Meetings are free and open to the public.


If you are interested in joining MARS, you will need to complete and return this Membership Application to the Membership Chairman. The current cost to join is $27.50 for an individual membership, and $37.50 dollars for family membership. Click here to find out the benefits of membership

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting/ MOSI Skywatch

October 14 @ 7:00 PM
Gravitational Waves

In lieu of the recent big discovery of gravitational waves, Gabriele Germann will discuss how Einsteinís Theory of General Relativity predicts these waves. Our discussion will also include general wave phenomena, electromagnetic versus gravitational waves, the discovery of gravitational waves with LIGOís interferometer, the curvature of space-time, black holes, Worldwide Collaboration, and other related topics.


October 29 @ 7:00 PM
See the universe up-close through MOSI and MARS member telescopes. Skywatch takes place beyond the employee lot.