MHCC Planetarium Show Explores ‘Wonders of the Autumn Sky’
|Posted: Sept. 23, 2010
The popular Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Planetarium Sky Theater will open the 2010 – 2011 season Oct. 4 with an entertaining look at the Wonders of the Autumn Sky.
Join Pat Hanrahan, new planetarium director, for a fascinating 45-minute look at the universe followed by a question and answer period. He will use the planetarium’s star projector to recreate a realistic model of the night sky to display prominent stars, constellations and planets. This will be followed by images from the Hubble telescope and amateur astronomers that reveal fascinating elements found in the sky. In addition, Hanrahan will discuss a minor comet that will have a close approach to Earth in October.
Wonders of the Autumn Sky will be presented live on Monday, Oct. 4, at 7 and 8:15 p.m. in the MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater, located near the library on the Gresham campus, 26000 SE Stark Street. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students. (Student identification required.)
Children are welcome to attend. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The November show will look at “Secrets of the Lives of Stars.”
New Planetarium Director
Hanrahan is in his third year as a part-time instructor at MHCC and recently became director of the Planetarium. He succeeds longtime director Doug McCarty, who retired in June 2010. Hanrahan delights in sharing the wonders of the sky with students and the general public. He is an amateur astrophotographer and looks forward to sharing his pictures with planetarium audiences. He says, “My goal is to build enthusiasm in astronomy for people visiting the planetarium. I encourage questions during my shows and consider these an important part of the program. Planetarium shows can be magical events for all ages!”