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.

The next Astronomy Night is April 4th.

Stars of the Pharaohs
Stars of the Pharaohs
Our April show is "Stars of the Pharaohs". Back by popular demand, this show takes the audience back to ancient Egypt to discuss the link between religion and astronomy during the time of the great pyramids and temples. Stunning computer simulations show the art and architecture of ancient Egypt as it was when new. Actor John Rhys-Davies narrates.

Due to the 35 minute length of this show, April's show will run every 45 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes.

Show times will be: 6:00 PM, 6:45 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:15 PM, and 9:00 PM. Due to the limited seating available in April, "Stars of the Pharaohs" will be shown again at Astronomy Night in June.

Upcoming Astronomy Nights:

  • May 2, 2014: Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd
  • June 6, 2014: Stars of the Pharaohs
  • No Astronomy Night in July and August (staff summer vacation)
  • September 5, 2014: to be determined

FREE Tickets for our regular Astronomy Night planetarium shows are handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. We are usually ready to hand out tickets by 5:30 pm.

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 contact Dr. Kevin Healy to schedule a visit to the Planetarium outside of the Astronomy Night schedule.

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 off 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.