“Comet Fever and Comet ISON” are the topics of the next shows in the Sky Theater planetarium, beneath the library, at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., at 6, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

“Comets can arouse public curiosity when they are bright and

disappoint people when they don’t live up to their hype,” says Pat

Hanrahan, planetarium director. “While Comet ISON will not be the ‘Comet of the Century,’ it still has a chance to be visible to the naked eye at least for a few mornings. This comet is not as large as some previous comets but appeared abnormally bright when it was first observed.”

Hanrahan says Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving morning and if it survives may even show its tail in the blue sky just after sunrise.

Besides talking about this latest comet, Hanrahan will discuss other spectacular comets (and a few “infamous” ones). This will be followed by a view of the current night sky on the planetarium dome.

The college presents astronomy shows the first Tuesday of each month.

For a complete schedule, visit Private daytime shows are available Fridays for schools, senior centers and other groups.

The planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Admission for the general public is $2 and free for Mt. Hood students and employees (identification required). Parking is free.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may

contact the Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or

503-491-7670 (TDD).

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