Space is awesome. It’s the final frontier. It’s vast and endless and so frustratingly close. We live in the middle of space and can see into its outer reaches, yet most of us—unless we’re super smart (or rich)—will never get to go there and explore it. It’s a place for speculation and wonderment—and is one of the few places in the universe that is cooler than Portland, Oregon.
Another thing is for sure… space has mass appeal. Children, adults, the college educated, the high school dropout… we all want a piece of space, we’re all fascinated by the innumerable stars, by the possibility of other life forms, by theories about how space got here, about the possibility of space playing a part in our personalities and our destinies, by fantasies of space travel, by fantasies of human space settlement. This fascination leads many of us to purchase expensive telescopes for a closer look. It prompts governments around the world into spending billions of dollars for a closer look. But you don’t need to blow chunks of cash in order to witness space… the Mt. Hood College Planetarium allows you to view into the outer reaches of space for a mere $2 per person!
The Planetarium reopened to the public in October of 2013 with a new projector and a highly educational journey through space where the viewer was taught how to locate and identify planets, nebulae, and even super novae. Upcoming shows (public shows are on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM, 7:15 PM and 8:30 PM) at the Planetarium are:
Feb. 4, 2014: Deep Sky Wonders
Mar. 4, 2014: Jupiter and the Spring Sky
Apr. 1, 2014: Mars Up-Close & a Lunar Eclipse
May 6, 2014: Unstable Stars
Jun. 3, 2014: Saturn & the Summer Sky
These shows provide thought-provoking and instructive narration, stunning imagery and, most importantly, safe and unique fun for the whole family. Mt. Hood Community College is a highly respected educational institution with a top-notch astronomy department. The planetarium shows are a great way for the staff at Mt. Hood Community College to express their knowledge and love of space to the public with the reverence and respect that it deserves.
So, as Portland enters into the wet and rainy season (which will give birth to the bursting blooms of Spring and Summer) and if you are struggling for a way to spend time as a family without having to bundle up, without having to bring a ubiquitous umbrella and without having to change into dry clothes when you arrive back home, consider a Tuesday evening at the planetarium. It’s an experience that will last a lifetime.
You can take your journey into the final frontier beneath the MHCC library located at 26000 SE Stark Street in Gresham. Parking is free but seating is limited so be sure to contact director Pat Hanrahan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to inquire about availability. See you in space!