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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.

The GAIA Mission

When I look up at the stars I'm always astonished and filled with wonder at how large the Universe really is. It looks like I could reach up and pluck the stars out of the sky like gems set in a velvet dome

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Largest Solar System Moon Detailed in Geologic Map

More than 400 years after its discovery by astronomer Galileo Galilei, the largest moon in the solar system – Jupiter's moon Ganymede – has finally claimed a spot on the map. 

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Inquiry: How We Come To Know

Have you ever wondered which paper towel brand is the strongest while shopping at the grocery store? Or, have you considered how to best keep those cut flowers on your counter fresh longer?

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Looking Back to the Cradle of Our Universe

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have spotted what might be one of the most distant galaxies known, harkening back to a time when our universe was only about 650 million years old. 

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Big Science with the South Pole Telescope

As you probably know by now, the South Pole Telescope (SPT) was designed and built from the ground up to look at one source: the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB).

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Sun Spits Out Mid-Level Solar Flare

The Sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, beginning at 11:57 pm EST on February 3, 2014, and peaking at midnight EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare which NASA released.

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A Day in the Life of the South Pole Telescope

What does a typical day look like for the South Pole Telescope (SPT) when it's taking data?

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Where the Wild Stars Are

A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, as seen in this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. 

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M82 Supernova

Earlier this week some undergraduate students, as part of what was meant to be a 10 minute telescope workshop, made an extremely important discovery of a supernova in the nearby galaxy M82.

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Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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Collections Access Initiative

While we love old things in the Adler’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy, we are not particularly fond of old databases.

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Rosetta, the Comet-Chasing Spacecraft, is Awake

The Rosetta spacecraft "woke up" after a record 957 days of hibernation. The first communication from the spacecraft arrived at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, at 1:18 pm EST. 

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Remembering John Dobson

When I was a boy growing up, I longed to look at the stars through a telescope. I'd lay out in my backyard, staring up at the stars and Moon, and wonder what they would look like up close.

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Internet Radio Provides Musical Space-Weather Reports from NASA's LRO Mission

The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. The radio station essentially operates in real time, receiving measurements of how much radiation the spacecraft is experiencing and converting those into a constant stream of music.

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Asteroid Impact

Hi there! I’m an incoming asteroid! It’s a scenario we’ve seen played out in countless movies and TV shows: an astronomer discovers an asteroid on a collision course with the Earth.

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First 2014 Asteroid Discovered

Early Wednesday morning, January 1, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, collected a single track of observations with an immediate follow-up on what was possibly a very small asteroid - 7 to 10 feet in size - on a potential impact trajectory with Earth.

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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.

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NASA's Hubble Sees Cloudy Super-Worlds With Chance for More Clouds

Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds.

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Girls Do Hack Mentor Perspective

A little while back, on the 9th of November, I was fortunate to attend a day-long event called Girls Do Hack at Adler Planetarium.

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Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting off Jupiter Moon

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface.

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