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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.

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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Vatican Observatory “Science Guy” Wins Carl Sagan Medal

When you think of famous public science communicators, Jesuit astronomers might not immediately spring to mind, but you can find one discussing the scientific and philosophical aspects of the question, “Why did the Universe begin?” in Adler's The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time exhibition.

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Cosmos and the Dialog between Science and Religion

The first episode set the stage for the journey, with a brief tour through our vast Universe in space and time. Of course it is a daunting job to do full justice to both the science and the human history of science, and it is perhaps not surprising that the episode takes a one-sided view in its depiction of the interaction between religion and science, particularly in the sequence depicting Bruno’s tragic clash with the Inquisition. 

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From Interstellar Clouds to Stars, Planets, and Life

In the 18th century, Kant and Laplace proposed that the Sun and its planets formed from a vast, spinning nebula (interstellar cloud) that flattened out as it was pulled together by gravity. The Sun formed at the center of the nebula, and the planets and other small bodies formed in an extended “disk."

 

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