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

MARS Meeting

August 14 @ 7:00 PM
M.A.R.S. Astronomy Club Telescope Clinic
Have a question? Ask it! Own a telescope? Bring it! Mars members will be on hand to assist you with answering questions, understanding telescopes and accessories, trying them out (weather permitting), and helping you with your own if needed.


August 29th @ 7:00 PM
See the universe up-close through the MOSI and MARS member telescopes. The theme for the month is the Lunar Craters of the Moon! Be there to explore them and other lunar features during a full moon. Also, the ringed planet Saturn will still be visible. Skywatch takes place beyond the employee lot.

Professor Antonio Paris will also be selling autographed copies of his book: Space Science: Challenges for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis of UFO Phenomena.