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Welcome to the Adler's Blogs! Adler Transmissions provides you with the latest news and views from Adler's astronomers, curators, partners, and programming staff. From Earth to distant planets and beyond, This Week in Space discusses the latest discoveries and accomplisments in science, space, and technology.

Astronomers Discover Ancient System with Five Small Planets

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered a planetary system of five small planets dating back to when the Milky Way galaxy was a youthful two billion years old.

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At the Intersection of Science and Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) invited Adler Planetarium scientists to share new insights and perspectives on exhibitions at the MCA.  

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What are the Seasons Like on Uranus?

Uranus, like Earth, has four seasons. But that’s where the similarity between our seasons ends. For starters, the length of Uranus’ seasons are different from ours. It takes Earth 365 days to orbit around the Sun, but it takes Uranus 84 years, more or less. So, each season on Uranus lasts 21 (Earth) years.

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Let There Be Monsters: Visualizations and Scale

Growing up I found myself fascinated by Ultraman and Godzilla. 

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Two planets beyond Pluto?

New calculations by astronomers in Spain and the UK suggest that two unknown planets might exist in our Solar System, beyond Pluto’s orbit.

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See A Comet!

The last time Comet Lovejoy visited our area of the solar system was 11,000 years ago, near the end of the last Ice Age. 

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NASA and Nissan Join Forces to Build Self-Driving Vehicles for Earth and Space

Nissan and NASA are teaming up to develop autonomous vehicles that will take us across town—or across Mars.

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Chesley Bonestell's Futures

Many paintings in the Worlds of Chesley Bonestell exhibition illustrate scenes from the "future" that have since come to pass.  

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Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and is scheduled to enter Ceres orbit in March 2015.

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The Space Paintings of Chesley Bonestell

When I am up on the museum floor, talking with our visitors, the question frequently comes up “How did you get interested in Astronomy?”

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Tiny Galaxy is Milky Way’s Newly-Discovered Neighbor

A team of scientist have discovered a new galaxy in the Local Group. Kks3 is a tiny, isolated dwarf galaxy almost 7 million light years away. Its stars have only one ten-thousandth of the mass of the Milky Way.

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Happy December Solstice

Happy solstice, everyone! The December solstice is on Sunday, December 21, at 5:03 pm CST. We in the Northern Hemisphere will have our shortest day and longest night of the year.

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NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2.

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Help Name Craters On Mercury

Join the competition to name five impact craters on Mercury! Submit your ideas from December 15, to January 15, 2015. Finalists go to the IAU for selection of five winners.

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Milky Way Project Citizen Scientists Discover a New Class of Objects

If you’ve been to the Adler Planetarium during the past few years, you’ve probably seen the Our Galaxy poster, which stretches staircase-to-staircase around the lower level.

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Curiosity Finds Clues to Water Shaping Landscape

Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.

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NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test

NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

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Night Sky Highlights of 2015

#LookUp! 2015 presents interesting opportunities to view some amazing objects in the night sky including: bright planets, a meteor shower, and two total lunar eclipses!

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Orion Launch and Mission Operations Teams Run Through Mission Practice

The flight controllers who will launch and operate Orion during its Thursday, December 4 flight test are conducting a mission dress rehearsal today to make sure they have the plans for the 4 1/2-hour flight down solid and to refine any areas. 

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Full STEAM Ahead! Adler's Second Annual Girls Do Hack Day!

Choo choo! I am full STEAM ahead on the STEM + art/design train. This past Saturday, at our 2nd annual Girls Do Hack Day at the Adler Planetarium, I saw first-hand how well it works to use the creativity and fun of art/design to hook girls into STEM.

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