Astronomy Nights

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. Tickets are FREE and available on a first come, first served basis. 

Fall 2017 MCC Astronomy Night Schedule

Date of Show Title

September 1

Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd (updated)

Since its premiere in 2010, MCC's Pink Floyd show has been our most popular show. Updated in December 2016, the new Pink Floyd show will be presented at September's Astronomy Night. 

October 6

New Horizons

New Horizons provides a tour of the worlds of our Solar System, from scorched Mercury and hellish Venus to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn and tiny, frigid Pluto.

November 3 

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass tells the story of the telescope through the eyes of two young people. The show highlights recent advancements in telescope technology and the astronomical discoveries these advances have produced.

December 1

Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd (updated)

Our tradition of ending the semester with Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd continues. See the new show for the first time or come back and see it again!

    Other Information:

    Please note that tickets are FREE and first come. first serve only. You are welcome to pick up tickets after 5:30pm at the Planetarium entrance. Other activities are available for visitors waiting for their show time.

    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.​

    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 line starts 10 minutes before show time.

    The planetarium is wheelchair accessible.

    Astronomy Nights are held at the Physical Science Building (PS 15) just east of Dobson Road, on Planetarium Way between the Dobson-US 60 interchange and 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 Planetarium Way.

    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.