• MHCC to Host Eclipse Talk by NASA Scientist Dorian Janney

    In advance of this month’s solar eclipse, Mt. Hood Community College will host a talk by Dorian Janney of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The talk will take place at MHCC’s Planetarium Sky Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.

    Dorian Janney
    Dorian Janney

    Janney will present an interactive discussion on the eclipse and explain how people can serve as NASA citizen scientists by observing eclipse-related events and entering them into the GLOBE Observer app. She will also discuss how eclipse observers can safely protect their eyes from harmful light rays and share the research NASA will conduct during the event and why. After the talk, she will hold a question and answer session.

    Janney serves as an education specialist with NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Education and Public Outreach team. Through her work on the Global Learning to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, she helps teachers collect precipitation data and connects these educators to regional scientists and researchers. Janney is an Einstein Fellow Finalist and has earned a National Board Certification in Science Education.

    This is a first come, first served event open to the public. MHCC Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will also show some short eclipse-related animations on the planetarium screen. Attendees will receive free solar glasses (while supplies last).

    Admission cost is $5, or $2 for children 17 and younger and MHCC students (with valid IDs). For more information, visit mhcc.edu/Planetarium

    When: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 – 8 p.m.
    Where: MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater

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