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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.

Happy December Solstice

Happy solstice, everyone! The December solstice will come 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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Rosetta Continues Into Its Full Science Phase

With the Philae lander’s mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov–Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.

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New Adler Collections Catalog

One of the many benefits of working behind the scenes in a museum is the opportunity to develop personal relationships with artifacts. 

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Girls Do Hack Sponsor Perspective: Misha Malyshev

It’s no secret that women are significantly under-represented within the technology sector. 

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Rosetta and Comet 67P

This is the best part of space exploration.

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Ekphest at the Adler

Ekphrastic poetry is a form of writing that is inspired by a work of visual art, and responded to or reconceived by the writer as poetry or prose.

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NASA Reveals Mysteries of 'Interstellar' Space

The new Paramount film "Interstellar" imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life after climate change destroys the Earth's ability to sustain us. Multiple NASA missions are helping avoid this dystopian future by providing critical data necessary to protect Earth.

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Exo-Eclipse

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about eclipses. You might have noticed that lunar eclipses have been all over the news this year

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Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.

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Partial Solar Eclipse

The world is a wondrous and amazing place, even if you aren't paying that close attention. But if you do have a little desire to see something out of the ordinary, then a little planning can go a long way to give you a spectacle worth seeing.

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, October 19.

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Observing the Sky: A Shared Experience

On October 8, 2014, the Chicago area – and, indeed, most of the United States – will see a total lunar eclipse, when the Moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth. 

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