• Planetarium Sky Theater


  • 2016-17 MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater Schedule:

    Date Topic

    Oct. 4 & 14

    Wonders of the Fall Sky

    Nov 1 & 4

    Early Planning for the Oregon 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

    Dec 6 & 9

    The 13 Zodiac Constellations and Their Hidden Treasures

    Jan 10 & 13 2017 Sky Preview
    Feb 7 & 10

    Sleeping Beauties and the White Dwarfs
    (Beautiful Hubble images of stars like our sun at the end of their lives)

    Feb 14

    Special Valentine’s Day presentation (only one show at 6 pm)
    Romancing the Universe: An Exploration of Cosmic Beauty by Will Blackmore

    Mar 7 & 10 The Milky Way in All of Its Glory
    Apr 4 & 14 Hubble Insights and Discoveries That Have Changed Astronomy
    May 2 & 12

    Black Holes, Pulsars, and Gravity Waves (Oh My!)  
    Will Blackmore Guest Speaker

    Jun 6 & 9 This Summer’s Rare Total Solar Eclipse

    Planetarium shows are generally on the first Tuesday and on the second Friday of each month (with exceptions during November and January).

    Tuesday shows are at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
    New Friday shows include a matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening show at 6 p.m.


    Admission is only $5.
    MHCC students (with valid ID) and children 17 and under are $2.

    All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky,
    featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images

    The Sky Theater is wheelchair accessible.


    Driving Directions to MHCC Planetarium

    Directions from Vancouver

    Travel south on I-205 to I-84 east
    Drive east on I-84 to exit 17, Troutdale
    Turn right onto 257th Ave. at stoplight
    Continue on 257th Ave. through Stark St.
    MHCC is on the left just south of Stark St.
    End at 257th Ave./Kane Rd.

    Directions from Portland

    Drive east on I-84 to exit 17, Troutdale
    Turn right onto 257th Ave. at stoplight
    Continue on 257th Ave. through Stark St.
    MHCC is on the left just south of Stark St.
    End at 257th Ave./Kane Rd.

    Passenger Vehicle Drop Off Directions

    Passenger vehicles turn left at 29th Street light into the MHCC campus, entrance “E.” After entering campus, turn right (south) on campus roadway and then turn left into roundabout after passing a fountain and flagpoles.

    • Passenger vehicles may drop off passengers at the flagpoles.
    • From the flagpole roundabout area, walk down the stairs to the main mall level.
    • Turn left (north) and walk 25 meters to the entrance of the Planetarium on the left.

    Passenger vehicle parking is free, all days, all times, no permit required.

    Bus Drop Off Directions

    Do not turn left after entering the campus nor stop on any interior road to drop off passengers.

    • Turn right after entering campus. You will see a big cement fountain in the roundabout, where you may load and unload passengers.
    • From the fountain roundabout, walk north about 100 meters on the main mall level to the entrance of the Planetarium (glass double doors beneath the Library).

    Bus parking is in parking area “U” on the south end of campus off 17th Street. Do not park or stop buses on the campus road next to the College Theatre.