Orange Coast College is reaching for the stars

Orange Coast College is getting a trip to the stars, and it’s coming in the form of an upgraded state of the art Planetarium. The new complex which is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018, will be the Jewel in the crown and they envy of other schools in the area.

Earlier this year retired professor Mary McChesney bestowed a $1 million dollar donation upon the project to cover the purchase of the Planetarium’s star piece, a Foucault Pendulum​​​, named for the French physicist Leon Foucault.

The purpose of the device is to demonstrate, with the use of a pendulum, how the Earth rotates. The endowment by McChesney in her name as well as the name of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who was a professor of German at the very same university.

Orange Coast College is a community college located in Costa Mesa and has been in the business of education since 1947. The school itself offers a vast curriculum which includes, of course, Astronomy.

Since its inception their message and mission has been simply to change lives through the gift of education, and with this new addition to the university they are sure to do that.

The university is hoping that the new complex will draw in fans of space exploration with its state of the art science sphere developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to simulate weather and an updated auditorium to seat 129.

The overall estimated cost of the project is $20 million dollars and the complex itself will be quite rightly positioned in the center of Orange College Science Quad.

Learn more about Orange Coast College:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/class_schedule/Pages/default.aspx

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