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 March 7th.
Our March show is "The Sky of Spring". Following the enthusiastic response to "The Sky of Fall" at our November 2013 Astronomy Night, we're developing a new live presentation! The new show provides a guided tour of the night sky for spring 2014. Come learn about the stars, constellations, planets, and deep-sky wonders for this time of year.
Shows run approximately every 30 minutes, beginning at 6:00 PM. The last show starts at approximately 9:30 PM and ends at 10:00 PM.
Upcoming Astronomy Nights:
April 4, 2014: Stars of the Pharaohs
May 2, 2014: Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd
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.