Mesa Community College invites you to explore the amazing Universe in our state-of-the-art Planetarium! Our Astronomy Nights are the first Friday of the month.
Our December show is "Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd". This astronomy "music video" takes on you on a journey from our home planet Earth to the edge of the Universe set to the music of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". This show illustrates the size of our Universe in a unique and exciting way.
Shows run approximately every 30 minutes, beginning at 6:00 PM. The last show starts at approximately 9:30 PM and ends at 10:00 PM.
Astronomers are still scratching their heads after Comet ISON rounded the Sun on November 28. Instead of brightening, the comet faded in images taken by Sun-observing space telescopes. Hopes were dashed by Friday night that Comet ISON would become a spectacular naked-eye object during December. But by Saturday, new images showed ISON brightening again. But this period of brightening was short-lived. By late Sunday (12/1), it became clear that very little of the comet survived its close approach to the Sun. Scientists have many clear images and other data to examine, so there will be plenty to find out. While ISON is now unlikely to be a great come to observe in the morning sky, it will certainly tell us a lot about comets and the solar atmopshere.
Upcoming Astronomy Nights:
March 7, 2014: Show to be determined
April 4, 2014: Show to be determined
FREE Tickets for our regular Astronomy Night planetarium shows are handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. We are usually ready to hand out tickets by 5:30 pm.
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.
Groups of 25 or more are encouraged to contact Dr. Kevin Healy to schedule a visit to the Planetarium outside of the Astronomy Night schedule.
Astronomy Nights are held at the Physical Science Building (PS 15) just east of Dobson Road, two traffic lights south of 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 the MCC driveway off Dobson Road.
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.