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, & May and September, October, November, & 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. Our new view of the Universe is gorgeous!

Astronomy Night Schedule for Fall 2018 will be announced in early August.

Other Information:

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

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.