Mesa Community College invites the public to explore the amazing Universe in our state-of-the-art Planetarium! Our Astronomy Nights are the first Friday of the month during the Spring and Fall semesters. Planetarium shows run from 6:00-10:00 PM, typically every 30 minutes.
The Planetarium show for April 3 is "Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd".
Our most popular show is an MCC exclusive. This show takes you on a journey of the imagination from Earth out to the edge of the visible Universe and back. Along the way experience vast stretches of time and space while you enjoy the music of Pink Floyd's iconic album "Dark Side of the Moon".
Our May 1 Astronomy Night will feature a new show about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. Come learn about the history of the enigmatic ninth planet and what to expect when New Horizons flies past Pluto and its family of moons this coming July.
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.
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