Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium to Show ‘Deep Sky Wonders’ in Feb.

Posted: January 21, 2014

Thanks to high-powered telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, we are able to see amazing close-ups of distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters, many of which will be shown Feb. 4 at Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) monthly planetarium presentation.

“In addition to showing off these treasures in our presentation of ‘Deep Sky Wonders,’ we will use our new state-of-the-art star projection system to review these objects in the current night sky as well as the current positions of the planets and other winter objects,” says Pat Hanrahan, Planetarium director.

Red Spider Nebula
Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3,000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. This warm planetary nebula harbors one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion kilometers high. The waves are caused by supersonic shocks, formed when the local gas is compressed and heated in front of the rapidly expanding lobes. The atoms caught in the shock emit the spectacular radiation seen in this image from within Sagittarius. (Source: NASA Hubble Space Telescope)

Monthly Shows
MHCC presents live Planetarium shows the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Children are welcome to attend. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students and employees (identification required). Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Early arrival is suggested.

More information about the Planetarium is available at This includes scheduling private daytime shows on Fridays for groups (including clubs, senior groups and classrooms).

Cat's Eye Nebula
Intricate structures of concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas and shock-induced knots of gas make up this complicated planetary nebula. The Cat's Eye Nebula is about 1,000 years old, and may have resulted from a double-star system. (Source: NASA)

The Planetarium is located on the Gresham Campus beneath the library at 26000 S.E. Stark St. Parking is free on all MHCC campuses, no permit required.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or Please contact the office at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

For more information, media professionals may contact the Office of Community Engagement 503-491-7204 or  

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