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. (A few 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.

Fall 2019 Astronomy Night Schedule

Date Show Description Tickets

Sept 6, 2019

Juno's Mission to Jupiter

NASA's mission to learn the secrets of the giant planet Jupiter!

Purchase at Purplepass

Oct 4, 2019

Incoming! (from California Academy of Sciences)

Asteroids, Comets, and the Hard-hitting Stories of our Cosmic Origins

Purchase at Purplepass

Nov 1, 2019

Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, & Stars

(from Bishop Museum)

Learn the 5000-year story of Polynesian voyaging in the Pacific Ocean

Purchase at Purplepass

Dec 6, 2019

Tour the Universe w/ Pink Floyd

A musical odyssey through the cosmos to the songs of Dark Side of the Moon.

Purchase at Purplepass

New 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.

MCC Planetarium is now Digistar 6!

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.