Mt. San Antonio College Observatory and Science Exploration Center Grand Opening

Friday, May 17, 2013
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Mt. SAC Science Complex
(CLICK HERE for parking and driving instructions)

OmniGlobeWe are pleased to invite you to join us for the grand opening of our newly constructed Astronomy Dome. This state of the art facility includes a Meade 16-inch tracking Cassegrain Reflector outfitted with an “S-BIG” CCD camera, housed in a 21-foot free-rotating Ash-Dome with a vertical separating shutter aperture.

The Dome is at the heart of Mt. SAC’s Science Exploration Center, featuring the Meek Natural History Animal Collection along with meteorite, fossil, mineral & gem collections, and the new OmniGlobe Earth and Space Projection System. A piece of cutting edge technology, the “OmniGlobe” provides unlimited educational possibilities including projections of Earth weather, climate change, plate tectonics, human impact, glaciations, the Sun, planets and major moons.

Astronaut Kathryn ThorntonHelping us open this amazing structure is Astronaut Kathryn Thornton. Dr. Thornton was selected by NASA in May 1984, became an astronaut in July 1985, and is a veteran of three space flights, having flown on STS-33 in 1989, STS-49 in 1992, and STS-61 in 1993. She logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Thornton is currently a professor at the University of Virginia in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

We hope to see you on campus for this very special occasion!

Event Program

Registration/Check-In: 6:30 P.M.* (Upon Check-in, tickets will be issued for both Planetarium Show and Observatory Tour.  The Planetarium Show is optional.)

* Registered Attendees:  If you are interested in attending a Planetarium Show, check in at 5:30 P.M. Please bring your registration receipt.
Planetarium Shows (Optional): 6:00 P.M., 6:30 P.M., 7:00 P.M., 8:30 P.M. (tentative), 9:00 P.M. (tentative)
Science Exploration Center: Opens at 5:30 P.M.
Observatory Opening Program: 7:45 P.M.
Observatory Tour (Bldg. 60) Starts at 8:30 P.M.

Parking and Driving Instructions

Mt. SAC Science ComplexParking will be available in Lots D, B, and B3.  For Planetarium Show attendees, please note that the Mt. SAC Randall Planetarium is located in Bldg. 26C, which is a 5-minute walk from the event parking lots (Lots D, B, and B3)

Directions from the 57 FWY

CA-57 North
Take CA-57 North  
Take exit 24B for Grand Ave toward 
Mt. San Antonio College
Turn left onto Grand Ave
Turn right on Temple Ave
Left on Mt. SAC Way
Parking Lot B and B3 on the left.

CA-57 South
Head South on the 57
Continue to Temple Ave
Exit Temple Ave 
Make a right onto W Temple Ave
Right on Mt. SAC Way
Parking Lot B and B3 on the left.