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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.

Sputnik and Project Moonwatch in Adler History

October 4 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Sputnik, the first Earth satellite. Launched by the Soviet Union, Sputnik was a part of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) from 1957 to 1958, a research effort involving scientists from sixty-seven nations.

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Over 750 Reports of 2 Large Fireballs Over U.S. Midwest

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 750 reports of large fireballs (bright meteors) over the U.S. Midwest on Thursday and Friday night.

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Telescope Research: Optics Behind the Iron Curtain

Today’s research led my telescopic twin colleague (Michael Korey, a curator at the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden, Germany) and I to visit Rolf Riekher in southeast Berlin.

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BRRISON Payload Ready for Launch

The BRRISON payload was rolled out of its processing bay Thursday morning at Ft. Sumner, N.M., for electronics and communications testing. It is expected to launch during the early morning on September 29, weather permitting.

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An Immersive Audio Experience

What do you most remember about your last trip to the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater? Was it the huge domed screen that stretched above and around you? Maybe one of the stunning astronomy visualizations projected on that dome?

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New Expedition 37 Crew Arrives at Space Station

New Expedition 37 crew members were welcomed aboard the International Space Station early this morning at 12:34 a.m. EDT.

 

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Tracking the Sun

The Sun is in constant motion in the sky. We see it every day rising in the east, soaring overhead, and sinking slowly in the west.  This daily motion is a consequence of the Earth spinning on its axis.

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NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. 

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Alvan Clark at the Adler

Ever since Galileo used the first refracting telescope to observe the moon in 1609, scientists have expanded their knowledge of the skies.

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Antares Launches Demo Flight to Space Station

NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard its Antares rocket at 10:58am EDT today from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

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Volunteering at the Adler

Being part of the volunteer community at the Adler Planetarium is a great opportunity because it allows you to work with a diverse group of people and explore new vistas in the world of astronomy. 

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NASA Celebrates National Aerospace Week

This week NASA  joins the rest of the aerospace industry in marking National Aerospace Week, an annual observance that recognizes the enormous contribution the aerospace industry makes to America’s economy, global competitiveness and national security.

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Adler Inspires Teachers, Parents to Share Science with Young People

The past couple weeks have been busy for Adler’s Education Department as we get ready for the new school year. Every year, the start of school is an exhilarating time where we can rethink how teachers, students, and parents engage with Adler through educational experiences.

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Voyager Embarks on Journey into Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is officially the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.

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An Astronomer's Journey

I really enjoy being up on the Museum floor talking with our visitors. As well as sharing some of the latest astronomy news, I also answer a lot of questions from all types of people. A favorite question, usually asked by a starry-eyed young kid, is “How did you become an astronomer?”

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LADEE Launches, Heads for the Moon

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is headed toward the moon after launching on a Minataur V rocket last night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Fall Opportunities for Teens at the Adler

Reading and writing about science and other STEM topics can be an intimidating endeavor. With the wide world of the internet at hand information is readily accessible, just a quick search away. Yet when the search results appear, there might be a pause - where to start?

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Kepler Can Still Hunt For Earth-Sized Exoplanets, Researchers Suggest

NASA's Kepler spacecraft may not be finished with its planet-hunting yet. Even though two of its four reaction wheels are no longer working, it may still be able to search for potentially-habitable exoplanets around smaller stars.

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The World's First Tabletop Planetarium?

The tabletop planetarium moved the Copernican revolution from the university into the homes of society's upper crust—a big step toward the eventual popularization of astronomy.

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Teens Explore the Edge of Space

Teachers and student interns teamed up this summer in effort to expand the reach of the Adler Planetarium’s Far Horizons program, which sends high altitude balloons into the stratosphere for the purpose of education, experimentation, and inspiration.

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