MHCC Planetarium Presents ‘Mars and Venus at Their Best’
Posted: February 20, 2012
If you enjoy gazing at the night sky, it’s a “planet-a-palooza” this spring at the Mt. Hood College (MHCC) Planetarium.
“Mars and Venus will be at their brightest this spring and all of the other classical planets can be easily found in the night sky,” says Pat Hanrahan, Planetarium director, who will present live shows at 7 and 8:15 p.m., March 5 on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.
“It is a rare time that we can see so many of our planets in the same night sky,” adds Hanrahan. “Even the shy planet Mercury will be visible shortly after sunset. In late spring, we will see the rare Transit of Venus. If you miss this event, you will have to wait another 105 years before it will be visible again.”
Hanrahan says that springtime is also galaxy time. The famous Virgo Cluster of Galaxies will be visible while Orion is starting to hide in the western skies.
The MHCC Planetarium Sky Theatre is located near the library on the Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. 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. Parking is free during the show.
Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. Visit mhcc.edu/planetarium for a listing of scheduled shows for the remainder of the school year.
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should 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.