Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium Offers
‘A Spring Comet and Highlights of the Spring Sky’

Posted: February 22, 2013

Black Eyed GalaxyThis is an excellent time of year for viewing comets, according to Pat Hanrahan, planetarium director at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

Hanrahan will present information and images at the March 4 planetarium show, “A Spring Comet and Highlights of the Spring Sky,” at 7 and 8:15 p.m. on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark Street.

“In the Southern Hemisphere, astronomers are already viewing Comet C/2012 F6 Lemmon which unexpectedly brightened to show up well in telescopes,” says Hanrahan. “Another comet (Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS) should become visible from Oregon beginning mid-March.  Currently it appears that it will be a good binocular object, but it has the potential to become even brighter.”

“A Spring Comet and Highlights of the Spring Sky” will discuss these comets as well as the upcoming season’s celestial objects. Guide maps will help guests navigate the spring sky.

Another even more spectacular comet (ISON) will be discussed in November’s show, notes Hanrahan.

Visitors are always encouraged to ask questions during each 45-minute program. Campus parking is free, all days, no permit required.  The planetarium is wheelchair accessible.

Admission for the general public is $2 and free for MHCC students and employees. (MHCC identification required). Children are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. Planetarium shows are held the first Monday of each month, October through June. The show schedule and campus map 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).

Rolf-Wahl Olsen Comet Lemmon

For more information, please contact the Office of College Advancement, 503-491-7204 or

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