Adler Planetarium


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.

A Book Without a Cover

Over the past few months, Adler’s exhibit gallery formerly known as “Shoot for the Moon” has been completely refurbished, with a new gallery title, “Mission Moon.” It is an amazing space with more to do and see. We have given more prominence to the artifacts that Captain Jim Lovell donated to the Adler a few years ago. Let me tell you about two of my favorites.


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. 


Cosmos Is The Reason I Love Astronomy

“The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” These are the opening words of “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean,” the first episode of the landmark PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage airing in late September 1980.


JFK and the Space Race

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a landmark speech before Congress in which he put forth his bold goal, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth."