Important Storm-Related Notice

April 26, 2018 Update: The EFSC Planetarium and Observatory on the Cocoa Campus is closed indefinitely because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma. To determine the full extent of the hurricane damage and all other problems related to the building’s age, the college contracted Cape Design Engineering Co. to conduct a comprehensive engineering study of the structure.

The study found a number of significant problems classified as “life safety” issues that needed to be addressed immediately. They included a new roof, new heating and air conditioning system, new fire suppression system, and new emergency exits. The study also identified a wide range of needed renovations to modernize the building and bring it up to code for long-term occupancy and use.

On April 26, 2018, Eastern Florida State College announced the launch of an effort to gain $9 million in needed funding to repair and renovate the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory using this approach:

• The college will add the project to its Capital Improvement Plan filed annually with the state of Florida that lists major funding needs in the hopes the Legislature will allocate the money.

• College officials will also explore the possibility of a capital campaign to determine if there is financial support in the community to fund the project.

Read the complete news release about the announcement.

For questions about the EFSC Planetarium closure contact John Glisch, EFSC Associate Vice President, Communications, at 321-433-7017 or glischj@easternflorida.edu.

For astronomy related questions, contact Planetarium Director Mark Howard at 321-433-7292 or via email howardm@easternflorida.edu

Located on the Cocoa Campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Planetarium & Observatory opened in 1975, serving the College's students and Brevard County Schools, community groups and the general public with informal educational experiences.

This web page and other pages in this section will be updated as more information about the storm damage-related closure is available.