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.

Astronomy Night for September 5

Secrets of the SunSecrets of the SunThe Planetarium show for September 5 is "Secrets of the Sun". Come and learn about our nearest star, the Sun. This show describes modern astronomical observations of the Sun, the little-known connection between Earth and the Sun, and the future history of the Sun.

Upcoming Astronomy Nights:

  • October 3, 2014 - The Sky of Fall

  • November 7, 2014 - Rosetta's Mission to a Comet

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

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 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.