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.

Astronomy Night for March 6

Two Small Pieces of GlassTwo Small Pieces of GlassThe Planetarium show for March 6 is "Two Small Pieces of Glass".

This show reveals the history of telescopes, from the early instruments used by Galileo and Newton to the giant observatories of today. Along the way, learn about the clues hidden in starlight and the exciting discoveries of the past 400 years.  

Upcoming Astronomy Nights:

  • April 3, 2015 - Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd

  • May 1, 2015 - (New!) The New Horizons mission to Pluto

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.