MHCC Planetarium Show Explores Southern Hemisphere
Posted: January 7, 2011
Crosby, Stills and Nash sang about the Southern Cross in 1982. Now, visitors to Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) planetarium have an opportunity to view images of this constellation and other features of the southern hemisphere in a live show, Feb. 7 at 7 and 8:15 p.m.
“The Southern Hemisphere’s Sky” will be presented in the MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater, located near the library on the Gresham campus, 26000 SE Stark Street.
“Take a break from winter and view the sky as seen from south of the equator,” encourages Pat Hanrahan, planetarium director. “The southern sky is full of interesting objects, many of which go unseen in the northern hemisphere. This is your opportunity to see the Southern Cross on the planetarium dome and learn how to find it using our closest star, Alpha Centauri.”
The show will explore other fascinating objects such as a spectacular nebula (Eta Carinae), two unique star "clouds" (the Magellanic Clouds), a strange, bright galaxy (Centaurus-A), and two famous naked-eye globular clusters.
Visitors are encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students. (Student identification required). Children are welcome to attend. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June.
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may 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.