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 available on a first come, first served basis. 

Fall 2016 MCC Astronomy Night Schedule

Date of Show Title

September 2

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass reviews the history of the telescope, beginning 400 years ago up to the present. It shows the changes from the first primitive telescopes to the behemoths of today.

October 7

Universe

Universe takes the audience on a tour of our changing understanding of the cosmos around us, from the perspective of the ancient Greeks to the modern wonders of black holes and galaxies.

November 4 

Secrets of the Sun

Secrets of the Sun explores the relationship between planet Earth and our star, the Sun. The show examines the history of the Sun, the Sun's atmosphere and interior, and the far future of our star.

[Note: The previously scheduled News from Distant Worlds will not be ready for the November Astronomy Night. We will schedule this show for a month in Spring 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.]

December 2

Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd (updated!)

Since its premiere in 2010, Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd has been the most popular show at the MCC Planetarium. Come back to see the show updated for 2016.

Follow OSIRIS-REx and Rosetta Missions!

You can also follow two exciting missions making history!

Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith ExplorThe OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was launched on September 8, 2016 and will analyze and return a sample of asteroid 101955 Bennu to Earth for further study. 

101955 Bennu is a near Earth object. During its 7-year mission, OSIRIS-REx will photograph and measure Bennu's surface, then extend a robotic arm to collect samples. Once the samples return to Earth in 2023, they will help scientists better understand the formation of our Solar System and even provide clues to how life began on Earth. 

Follow this mission at http://www.asteroidmission.org/

Rosetta - Rendezuous with a cometThe Rosetta spacecraft has completed its analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On November 12 2014, the Philae lander was able to successfully come to rest on the comet's nucleus and report back many scientific discoveries. On September 30, the Rosetta orbiter made a soft-landing on the comet nucleus and was deactivated after a very successful mission.

For news and information about this mission, visit the official website at  http://rosetta.esa.int/

    Other Information:

    Please note that tickets are first come. first serve only. You are welcome to arrive after 5:30pm to pick up tickets and then participate in other activities while you wait.

    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.