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Prepare to embark on a dynamic journey of striking visualizations accompanied by live, New Age instrumental music from Nouveau Papillon.  

Visionsphere’s portals will transport you through eleven immersive voyages:  you’ll witness angels gliding through the heavens, experience a panoramic exploration of deep caves, gaze upon fractal art and steampunk images, then enter the mystical realm of the wolf and other wildlife and nature indigenous to Arizona.  As each experience concludes, a porthole will appear to guide you to the next destination; as a new song begins, the visuals align with the spirit of the music being performed.

This innovative experience is presented by international recording artists, Nouveau Papillon, whose live performance in the planetarium will include music from their current and upcoming albums.  Mark Bensette Aux Bois on electric harp and 6 & 12-string acoustic/electric guitars and Hildi Thelen on Native American-style flutes create a unique presentation as the music is synchronized with the visual images on the dome.  Also adding to the ambiance, the perimeter of the dome has changing hues in accord with each selection.

This presentation was designed specifically for the Evans & Sutherland Digistar planetarium system, and programmed by Dr. Kevin Healy, Planetarium Director of MCC, and produced by the Nouveau Papillon design team, headed by Ed Capps.

The performances will be held at the Mesa Community College Planetarium located on the MCC Campus at 1833 W. Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202, Building PS 15.  The MCC Planetarium is located 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. 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.

Article in the Mesa Legend about the Visionsphere show 


Additional Show Dates & Times TBA

For Winter 2020 Show Dates and Times please use the Purplepass Link below

MCC Planetarium & Parking Lot Locations marked with a Red Star.

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