Astronomy Nights

Mesa Community College invites you to explore the amazing Universe in our state-of-the-art Planetarium! Our Astronomy Nights are the first Friday of the month. Planetarium shows run from 6:00-10:00 PM, typically every 30 minutes.

Astronomy Night for November 7

Rosetta spacecraftRosetta spacecraftThe Planetarium show for November 7 is "Rosetta's Mission to a Comet". This show will describe the European Space Agency mission to comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67/P or C-G, for short).

The decade-long journey to the comet and the scientific mysteries to be solved are described. The show will also preview the Philae lander that is scheduled to touch down on November 12! Come learn about this audacious mission! 

Upcoming Astronomy Nights:

  • December 5, 2014 - Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd

  • February 6, 2015 - show to be determined

  • March 6, 2015 - show to be determined

Other Information:

During Astronomy Nights, we also offer telescope viewing of the Moon, planets, and other celestial sights. Unlike the planetarium shows, telescope viewing will only occur if the skies are clear.

Groups of 25 or more are encouraged to click on the "Schedule a Private Visit" button on the left side of this page to schedule a custom show at the Planetarium.

Astronomy Nights are held at the Physical Science Building (PS 15) just east of Dobson Road, two traffic lights south of Southern Avenue. Please see the map for our location on MCC's Southern & Dobson campus.

The Planetarium is located on the south side of the Physical Science Building and is labeled with "PLANETARIUM" in large black letters which are visible from Dobson Road and the MCC driveway leading from Dobson Road.

Free parking is available in the lots south of the Physical Science Building. Please avoid parking in the spaces marked "EMPLOYEES" until after 6:00 PM.