Astronomy Nights

Mesa Community College invites the public to explore our 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 planetarium shows, telescope viewing, information tables, hands-on activities, and more! Planetarium shows and indoor activities 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. (Some longer shows run on a 45-minute schedule on select Astronomy Nights.)

Half of the tickets for our planetarium shows are FREE to walk-up guests beginning at 5:30pm on Astronomy Nights. Free tickets to each of the night's show times are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket table in front of the planetarium entrance.

Tickets to planetarium shows on Astronomy Nights may also be reserved online through the "Reserve Tickets" links in the calendar below. Or you can visit the Mesa Community College Planetarium page at PurplePass tickets.

Spring 2020 Astronomy Night Schedule

The remaining Astronomy Nights for April and May 2020 have been cancelled due to the ongoing health emergency. Everyone stay safe and healthy!

Date Show Description Tickets

Feb 7, 2020

Cosmic Colors

A light-hearted look at the science behind the colors we experience in the Universe around us. This show will be presented on a 45-minute schedule.

click here to reserve

Mar 6, 2020

*new* Galactic Geometry

All new! An audio-visual experience combining brand new animations created by MCC's James Enos and the music of Nouveau Papillon.

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Apr 3, 2020

Saturn & Beyond

Tour the giant planet, its glorious rings, and its amazing family of moons and learn about the discoveries of the Cassini-Huygens mission that ended in 2017.


May 1, 2020

Tour the Universe w/ Pink Floyd

Our popular musical odyssey through the cosmos to the songs of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.


More Live Concerts presented by Nouveau Papillon!

The MCC Planetarium has partnered with international recording artists Nouveau Papillon to develop and present two new live concerts: VisionSphere and Tranquil Soundscapes.

Please see the Nouveau Papillon webpage for information, concert dates, and ticketing for these two new shows.

The MCC Planetarium is now Digistar 6!

The MCC Planetarium underwent major renovations in 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.