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. 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

MARS Meeting

July 10 @ 7:00 PM
Exoplanets and the Characterization of Their Host Stars

Guest speaker: Simon Schuler, Assistant Professor of Physics from the University of Tampa discusses our efforts to understand why some stars form small planets and others do not.


July 11th @ 7:00 PM
See the universe up-close through the MOSI and MARS member telescopes. View the Orion nebula, double stars and the brighter star clusters**If you would like some training on your own telescope, please bring it. We'll set it up in the staff parking area and help you get started!