MiraCosta College now reserves the privilege of hosting the unveiling of 2 new mural-sized images of the famous spiral galaxy M 101 (Messier 101). The unveiling will be from NASA's Three Great Observatories: namely The Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory.
There was a public talk by Dr. Michelle Thaller of the California Institute of Technology on Friday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the gym at MiraCosta, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside and this was followed by a star-gazing party where the attendees got an opportunity to enjoy the starry night skies with MiraCosta's telescopes and other facilities. The admission was free for anyone and that was aimed at popularizing the IYA 2009 activities and having a general impression on public.
It was also highlighted that the free distribution of a limited number of 8”x10” lithographs of M101 drew much attention to the event. Lithographs were issued on first-come first-served basis. However the images are on display at MiraCosta throughout the year 2009.
Additional detail is available from MiraCosta astronomy professor Rica Sirbaugh French at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6506.