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.

Membership

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

March 14 @ 4:00 PM
Annual Star Party
The Star Party is a great opportunity get in some dark sky observing and to see many types of telescopes in use.
There is a $10 per person fee to attend this event. A buffet dinner will be served at 5:30.
Children are welcome and there is no charge for children under the age of 10. Please be aware that there is a lot of expensive equipment in the field and it will be dark so it is imperative that everyone is conscious of their actions.
Members in good standing (dues paid) pay nothing. You may pay your dues at the event and enter as a member in good standing.
You may spend the night as flush toilets and running water are available. There is a separate area for camping and arrangements can be made for RV's. Please contact 'president@marsastro.org' if you plan on staying all night.

Skywatch

March 14
If you are not able to attend the Star Party, you may want to go to MOSI for the SkyWatch event. 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 outside the museum butterfly garden and help you get started!