Stellar Navigators of Sea and Space visit Hartnell

Publish Date: 
May 17, 2017

Stellar Navigators of Sea and Space visit Hartnell

SALINAS, Calif.  – On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Hartnell College Planetarium will host two lectures by experts on navigating by the stars at 12:30 p.m. in STEM Center at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA.

The lectures will be given by Bruce Rowe, a local experienced in marine navigation of commercial ships, and Coralie Jackman, a member of NASA’s New Horizons team that successfully piloted the first probe past Pluto.

This is one of a growing series of events hosted in the new planetarium aimed at expanding its role on campus and in the local community with support from the Hartnell College Foundation.

The lectures are a part of a larger event centered on strengthening ties between Hartnell and local institutions. Along with the lectures at Hartnell, there will be a technical talk on astronavigation for students at the Naval Post-Graduate School and a workshop on practical celestial navigation for sailors at the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club.

The visit will kick off late morning, with a lunch hosted by the Women's Education & Leadership institute (WELI) at Hartnell. WELI scholars will share thoughts and a meal with Coralie Jackman who is on the cutting edge of astronomy and aerospace technology.

At 12:30 p.m., the Planetarium will host local 5th and 6th grade students from Hartnell’s K-12 STEM Program who will join us for the two lectures. Seating is limited; the lectures are open to students and locals free of charge.

The media contact for the visit is Planetarium Coordinator, Andrew Lindsey. He can be reached at 831-755-6913 or

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit