MHCC Planetarium Preview: Black Holes, Nebulae and Other Really Strange Star “Ghosts"
Some of the strangest events in the visible universe occur as a result of stars dying. These include neutron stars – or even black holes – left behind by powerful star explosions. Other stars never explode at all, but they leave behind compact corpses
(called white dwarfs) surrounded by complex colorful patterns. Plus, the ghostly debris left by dying stars can become important ingredients for making future stars and planets.
MHCC Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will present "Black Holes, Nebulae, and Other Really Strange Star Ghosts" on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 8, with show times at 6 and 7:15 p.m. each day. During each show, Hanrahan will explain these strange
celestial phenomena and present some of the best photos – taken by telescope – illustrating these events. He'll also discuss the recent detection of gravity waves resulting from the merging of black holes and neutron stars.
Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute live program. Children are welcome to attend. The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $5, and $2 for children (17 and younger) and MHCC students (identification
required). Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
The remaining schedule for the MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater:
|December 5, 8||Black Holes, Nebulae, and Other Really Strange Star Ghosts: Birth and Death of Stars |
|January 9, 12||2018: A Snapshot of Upcoming Astronomical Events|
|February 6, 9||Rocks from Space: Meteors, Meteorites and Impacts...Oh My! |
|March 6, 9||Shockingly Strange Solar Systems: Discoveries of Planets Beyond Our Sun|
|April 3, 6||Stellar Dramas: Ancient Stories of the Stars|
|May 8, 11||Ice Worlds: Is There Life Elsewhere Within Our Solar System?|
|June 5, 8||TBA|
|All planetarium shows are at 6 and 7:15 p.m. For more information about the MHCC Planetarium, visit www.mhcc.edu/planetarium. Private shows for groups are also available on Fridays.|