Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Show Offers ‘Our Sun Reaching Solar Maximum’

Posted: November 20, 2012

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Planetarium Sky Theater will present “Our Sun Reaching Solar Maximum” Dec. 3 at 7 and 8:15 p.m.

Our sun is approaching the maximum of its 11-year activity cycle and has been shooting out streams of solar particles towards Earth.  What does this mean?  Does it have something to do with the doomsday predictions for 2012?

“Our Sun Reaching Solar Maximum’ will present some of the latest NASA solar images showing amazing details of sunspots, solar flares, and even sunquakes. Earlier solar storms will also be discussed. One of these events occurred in 1859 when solar activity seriously interfered with telegraph transmissions. If this occurred today, it could mean serious consequences for communications because of damage to satellites and other sensitive equipment.

Planetarium director Pat Hanrahan will show visitors the current night sky with the planets and the location of a promising future comet for late 2013. This comet has the potential to rival the brightness of a full moon! Visitors are always encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program.  

The MHCC Planetarium Sky Theater is located beneath the library on the Gresham Campus at 26000 S.E. Stark Street. Campus parking is free and no permit is required. The Planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students. (Student identification required.) Children are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.

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

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.

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