MHCC Planetarium Presents ‘Exploring Orion’s Secrets and Our Winter Sky’

Posted: December 18. 2012

Orion Mt. Hood Community College will present “Exploring Orion’s Secrets and Our Winter Sky,” an entertaining and educational look at one of the most recognizable constellations, Jan. 7 in MHCC’s Planetarium Sky Theatre, 26000 SE Stark Street.

January’s monthly sky show will feature amazing photographs taken by NASA and amateur astronomers. Pat Hanrahan, planetarium director, says that Orion is dominated by large, faint nebulae and smaller, bright nebulae which make for some very impressive photos.

“Within these nebulae, we will see how the Hubble space telescope has imaged locations of new star formations. We will also explore the enormous size and energy of Orion’s stars,” says Hanrahan, adding that he will show visitors the positions of the planets and the upcoming comet, Panstarrs. 

Show times for “Exploring Orion’s Secrets and Our Winter Sky” are 7 and 8:15 p.m. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students. (Student identification required.) Campus parking is free, all days and all times on all MHCC campuses, no permit required. Children are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Visitors are always encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program.

Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The schedule may be found at

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.

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