Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Show Explores ‘Secrets of the Lives of Stars’
Posted: Oct.18, 2010
Little green men? Black holes? Bizarre objects? Pat Hanrahan, director of the planetarium at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), will shed some light on these topics Nov. 1, when he presents “Secrets of the Lives of Stars.”
The program will be presented live at 7 and 8:15 p.m. in the MHCC Planetarium Sky Theatre, located near the library on MHCC’s Gresham campus, 26000 SE Stark St. The show will include an animation of travel into the star-forming area of the Great Orion Nebula.
“Only recently have astronomers been able to peer into the dusty gas clouds where stars are born,” says Hanrahan. “At the end of their lives, stars may become bizarre objects such as black holes or neutron stars (originally called “LGM” for Little Green Men).”
Hanrahan says the sky show is “a fascinating look at the mysterious and sometimes reckless lives of stars based on the latest space telescope images.”
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. (Student identification required). Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The Dec. 6 show will look at “Exploring the Winter Sky.”
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.