We urge our children to reach for the stars when they set out on their education. At Modesto Junior College, they can reach 5 billion light-years into space.
That is the range of a telescope that is part of a new observatory and planetarium on the west campus. Those facilities in turn are part of the new Science Community Center, a $70 million complex funded by Measure E property taxes.
Physics and astronomy professor Ken Meidl provided details on the new teaching tools, which also will be available to the general public. He also shared his thoughts on why the universe fascinates us Earthlings.