• MHCC Planetarium Preview: Remembering the Eclipse: An Amazing Event

    On Monday, August 21, millions of people in Oregon and throughout the United States were treated to a rare total eclipse of the sun. There has not been a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918, and a total eclipse in Oregon since 1979. The weather was surprisingly clear along this year’s eclipse path, meaning it has likely become one of the most well-documented eclipses in Earth’s history.

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    Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan will discuss this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon during October’s Planetarium Sky Theater show “Remembering the Eclipse: An Amazing Event.” He will share some of the best images he obtained from the eclipse, including views from space and of the approaching moon shadow; enhanced views of the sun's corona; and images of shadow bands, solar prominences, and people across the U.S. celebrating this event. Hanrahan will also discuss what stargazers can discover in Oregon’s current nighttime sky.

    Shows occur Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 6. Show times are at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. each day. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during the 45-minute live program. Children are welcome to attend.

    Admission is $5 for the general public, and $2 for children (17 and younger) and MHCC students with valid school IDs. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The MHCC Planetarium is wheelchair accessible.

    October kicks off the start of the MHCC Planetarium show schedule. Check out the schedule for the new season:

    Remembering the Eclipse: An Amazing EventOct. 3, 6
    Cassini's Grand Finale After 13 Years at SaturnNov. 3, 7
    Black Holes, Nebulae, and Other Really Strange Star Ghosts: Birth and Death of StarsDec. 5, 8
    2018: A Snapshot of Upcoming Astronomical EventsJan. 9, 12
    Rocks from Space: Meteors, Meteorites and Impacts ... Oh My!Feb. 6, 9
    Shockingly Strange Solar Systems: Discoveries of Planets Beyond Our SunMarch 6, 9
    Stellar Dramas: Ancient Stories of the StarsApril 3, 6
    Europa and Enceladus: Is There Life Elsewhere Within Our Solar System?May 8, 11
    Space Oddities: Stars That are Stranger than FictionJune 5, 8

    All planetarium shows occur 6 p.m. and 7:15 pm. For more information about the planetarium, visit mhcc.edu/planetarium

    Private group shows are also available on Fridays. A $100 facility use fee is charged per program. To schedule a private show, contact Pat Hanrahan at pat.hanrahan@mhcc.edu

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    View of the moon's shadow over the Pacific Ocean as seen from the International Space Station at 250 miles high. As this shadow crossed over Oregon, viewers could see the moon fully covering the sun. Credit: NASA
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    During the late stages of the eclipse, Planetarium Director Pat Hanrahan captured the moon coming off the sun. A string of sunspots is visible on the surface of the sun.
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