MHCC Planetarium Presents ‘Jupiter and the Spring Sky’ March 4

Posted: February 20, 2014

Learn about the status of Jupiter’s once missing Southern Equatorial Belt and its intense radiation torus, moons and famous great red spot, March 4 at Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Sky Theatre.

JupiterEuropaIo Jupiter with two of its moons (Europa and Io): Europa (left) and Io (right) are caught passing in front of the giant planet with its famous great red spot. Europa is covered by a large ice shield which probably covers a liquid ocean. (Source: NASA)

Pat Hanrahan, Planetarium director, will present these objects and more as part of the live show, “Jupiter and the Spring Sky,” at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The college’s new, state-of-the-art star projection system will take the audience on an amazing journey to Jupiter and beyond.

Monthly Shows

Hanrahan presents shows the first Tuesday of each month. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Children are welcome to attend. The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students and employees (identification required). Because seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis, early arrival is suggested.

More information about the planetarium is available at This includes scheduling private daytime shows on Fridays for groups (including clubs, senior groups and classrooms).

The Planetarium is located on the Gresham Campus beneath the library at 26000 S.E. Stark St. Campus parking is free.

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

Like blurry images in a mirror, Io, Ganymede and Europa leave an electrified impression of themselves in Jupiter’s polar aurora in this photo taken in 2000 by Hubble. Io even has a “tail” that sweeps around the top of Jupiter as the planet rotates. (Source: NASA)

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of Community Engagement 503-491-7204 or

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