Telescope Night and planetarium shows offered at MJC

The Modesto Junior College Astronomy Club invites the community to view the stars at the next Telescope Night on Friday, April 3, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the fourth floor rooftop of the Science Community Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue.  All ages are invited and Telescope Night admission and campus parking are free for the evening.

Telescope Night provides community members with opportunities to learn about space by providing access to astronomical resources in the Science Community Center, including multiple 12-inch telescopes and a 28-inch telescope/camera.  (Telescope viewing is dependent on the weather.)

Each telescope will be staffed by a member of the MJC Astronomy Club who can explain what is being viewed and answer questions. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase with proceeds benefitting the student-based Astronomy Club. 

The MJC Great Valley Museum (GVM) will also be offering two planetarium shows on April 3 at 8:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., and on Saturday, April 4 there will be three shows:  10 a.m. – “Earth, Moon and Sun,” 11:30 a.m. – “Ultimate Universe,” and 1 p.m. – “Tour of the Galaxy.”  Tickets to the planetarium shows are $5 each and they are available in advance at the GVM Nature Shop and before each show.  (Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted to the planetarium.)  Seating is limited to the first 100. The Planetarium is located on the first floor of the Science Community Center.  For more information visit or call the GVM at (209) 575-6196

For more information on Telescope Night contact Professor Noah Hughes at or (209) 575-6800.  Information on the Astronomy Club is also available at