MHCC Planetarium Announces 2014 Astronomy Preview

Posted: December 13, 2013
The new system’s view of the Great Orion Nebula:  This is an area that has been extensively studied by the Hubble Space Telescope and is actually a naked eye object in the night sky.
The new system’s view of the Great Orion Nebula: This is an area that has been extensively studied by the Hubble Space Telescope and is actually a naked eye object in the night sky.

What will the night sky bring us in 2014? According to Pat Hanrahan, director of the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Planetarium, we should be in for a treat with a number of interesting events.

“Attractions include two lunar eclipses and the Red Planet at its closest and brightest in almost two years.  The other planets will also be putting on some good shows with Jupiter ruling the winter sky, Saturn ruling the late spring and an interesting conjunction of planets,” says Hanrahan.

Learn about these events and others Jan. 7 at the “2014 Astronomy Preview” at MHCC’s Planetarium, located beneath the Gresham Campus library, 26000 S.E. Stark St. Presentations are 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students and employees (identification required). Seating is limited and is on a first come/first serve basis.  Early arrival is suggested.

The Planetarium has been recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art star projection system that allows the audience to view the current night sky in new ways. “Not only can we identify the constellations but we can also probe deeply into some of their interesting galaxies, star clusters and nebulae,” says Hanrahan.   “We can zoom in on these objects and bring amazing telescopic images right in front of us.”

Monthly Shows
The MHCC Planetarium schedule has been updated to show the titles of the shows for the remainder of the 2014 school year:

  Jan. 7: Astronomy Preview
  Feb. 4: Deep Sky Wonders
  March 4:  Jupiter and the Spring Sky
  April 1: Mars Up-Close and a Lunar Eclipse
  May 6:  Unstable Stars
  June 3: Saturn and the Summer Sky

The new projection system’s view of the area around the far left star of Orion’s Belt:  Here we see the horsehead nebula (bottom) and the flame nebula (top).  Both of these areas are active areas of new star formation.
The new projection system’s view of the area around the far left star of Orion’s Belt: Here we see the horsehead nebula (bottom) and the flame nebula (top). Both of these areas are active areas of new star formation.

Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Children are welcome to attend. The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible.

More information about the planetarium is available at www.mhcc.edu/planetarium. Private daytime shows are available Fridays for groups (including clubs, senior groups and classrooms).

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923. Please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

People requiring accommodation due to a disability should contact the Disability Services office at 503-491-6923. Please call at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of College Advancement at 503-491-7204 or news@mhcc.edu.

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