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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.

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!


A Bump in the Night

Surprisingly, even right here in light polluted downtown Chicago, on a clear Moonless night you can photograph faint star clusters and gas clouds within the Milky Way...


Best and Worst Astronomy Events of 2013

The end of each year inspires myriad lists of the “best” and “worst” events in many categories – from “best” movies to “worst-dressed” celebrities. This year we are about to add a new list of our own – the astronomical “best” and “worst” of 2013.


Turn Down the Lights

According to National Geographic Magazine, Chicago has held the dubious title of most light polluted city in the U.S. since 2008. Light pollution effects us in many obvious and not so obvious ways.  The stars you see over downtown Chicago now number only in the dozens on the clearest nights, compared to the many thousands you see on a clear moonless night in the least light polluted areas of the country.


Capturing Hubble

During its 23-year operational history, the Hubble became the workhorse of the astronomical community and a source of stunning and compelling photos for the rest of us. Meanwhile, hundreds of aspiring young astronomers used this amazing resource in research projects to obtain their Ph.D.'s.