Astronomy Nights

Mesa Community College invites the public to explore the amazing Universe in our state-of-the-art Planetarium located on the Southern & Dobson campus!

MCC Astronomy Nights are held on the first Friday of the month during February, March, April, and May & September, October, November, and December.

MCC Astronomy Nights include FREE planetarium shows, telescope viewing, information tables, hands-on activities, and more! Planetarium shows occur rain or shine, but telescope viewing of the night sky is only offered when the sky is clear.

Planetarium shows run from 6:00-10:00 PM, with shows starting every 30 minutes. Tickets to the planetarium shows are FREE. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the planetarium entrance on Astronomy Nights beginning at 5:30 PM.

Soon tickets may also be reserved before Astronomy Night through an online reservation system. Information on the reservation system will be posted as soon at it is available. Stay tuned.

Big Changes at the MCC Planetarium!

The MCC Planetarium underwent major renovations January 2018. The upgrade includes a new 4K projection system, new graphics computers, and new planetarium software. The new view of our Universe is gorgeous!

Astronomy Night Schedule for Spring 2018

Month Show Title   Show Description
February 2 New! Ice Worlds  This show explores the role that frozen water plays throughout the Solar System and here on Earth.
March 2 Two Small Pieces of Glass  Come see the history of the telescope presented on our newly renovated projection system.
April 6 New! Do-It-Yourself Astronomy  Many features of the night sky can be enjoyed with the unaided eye or binoculars. Come learn how!
May 4 New! Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd  Our most popular show will be reimagined with advanced visuals now possible with Digistar 6.


Other Information:

The line for seating forms approximately 15 minutes before show time. There is no late seating for planetarium shows.

Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to click on the blue "Request a Private Visit" button on the left side of this page to schedule a custom show at the Planetarium.​

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.

The planetarium is wheelchair accessible.

Astronomy Nights are held at the MCC Planetarium on the south side of the Physical Science Building (PS 15). This building is just east of Dobson Road, on Planetarium Way north of the Dobson Road-US 60 interchange and one light south of Southern Avenue. Please see the map for our location on MCC's Southern & Dobson campus.

The Planetarium is labeled with "PLANETARIUM" in large black letters which are visible from Dobson Road and Planetarium Way.

Free parking is available in the lots south of the Physical Science Building. Please avoid parking in the spaces marked "EMPLOYEES" before 6:00 PM.