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Orange Coast College Planetarium Project

A planetarium that is under construction at Orange Coast College received a generous donation of $1 million. This donation came from a retired professor, Mary McChesney. The donation will be put towards a Foucault pendulum ( a device used to portray Earth’s rotation). Officials from the Costa Mesa college stated that it will be the only pendulum of that type in Orange County. McChesney said the planetarium will be the center of scientific related studies for students and the community. McChesney donated the money in remembrance of her partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January. Bonin taught German classes at the college until she retired in 1983. McChesney taught classes at OCC and retired in 1983 as well. Mary has continued to be a contributor to the foundation as well as scholarships. Construction for the planetarium began in 2016 and will feature a 129 seat auditorium as well as an exhibit hall that displays a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The planetarium prior to that could only seat 35 visitors. The overall budget for the project is about $20 million. About $2.6 million has already been made in donations towards building the new planetarium.


Orange Coast College is located in Orange Country, California. The school was founded in 1947 and offers associate of arts and science degrees, certificates of achievement, and lower division classes that may transfer to other colleges or universities. Orange Coast College currently enrolls around 24,000 undergraduate students which makes it the third largest college in Orange County. Learn more:


The mission of the college is to provide education in licensed trades and skilled professions. OCC offers clubs and sports teams on the campus; however, they do not provide housing on campus. There are many construction projects scheduled to take place on campus throughout the next couple of years.

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