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 most often run from 6:00-10:00 PM, with shows starting every 30 minutes. (A few shows last more than 30 minutes. In those cases, our planetarium shows run on a 45-minutes schedule.)

Tickets for the planetarium shows are FREE to guests beginning at 5:30pm on Astronomy Nights or through online reservations (see below). Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket table at the planetarium entrance on Astronomy Nights beginning at 5:30 PM.

Tickets to planetarium shows on Astronomy Nights may be reserved, for $3 each, through the "Reserve Tickets" link in the calendar below. Or you can visit the Mesa Community College Planetarium page at PurplePass tickets.

Spring 2019 Planetarium Shows

Date Show Title Show Description  
Feb 1 Ice Worlds Explore the role of water here on Earth and on other worlds in our Solar System.

Reserve Seats

Mar 1 Secrets of the Sun Witness the story of our star, the Sun, and its amazing connection to our home planet Earth. Reserve Seats (after Feb 2)
Apr 5 Our Solar System Learn about the origin stories of the planets! A short Q&A session will follow each showing. Reserve Seats (after Mar 2)
May 3 Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd Rock out to the classic tunes of Pink Floyd and tour our amazing Universe! Reserve Seats (after Apr 6)

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!

Other Information:

The line for seating forms approximately 15 minutes before show time. There is no late seating for planetarium shows. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of show time.

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.