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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 Social Force Behind Curiosity

On August 6, 2012 millions of people from around the world collectively held their breath as they watched the live feed from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) mission control of Curiosity touching down on Mars. Did you watch? I did.

  

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Astronomers Image Lowest-mass Exoplanet Around a Sun-like Star

Astronomers have observed an enormous planet which is several times the mass of Jupiter and similar in size around the bright star GJ 504 using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. 

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Asteroid Mining

There’s platinum in them thar’ asteroids! Private corporations are getting into the asteroid business – literally!

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NASA's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will have it's one year anniversary of landing on Mars next week and has already accomplished its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.

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Functional and Fanciful Materials: IMLS Sundial Conservation

In 2012, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Adler with a two-year Conservation Project Support grant to support conservation treatment of six varieties sundials from the Adler’s historic scientific instruments collection. Sundial artisans chose materials for their beauty, workability or simply based on aesthetic preferences of the time.

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Astronomers See Snow...in Space

Astronomers have discovered a “snow line” in a baby solar system about 175 light-years away from Earth. 

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Galaxy Zoo Quench: Experience the Wonder & Discovery of the Full Scientific Process

Galaxy Zoo and other Zooniverse projects have given thousands the opportunity to contribute to scientific research.  Our new project, Galaxy Zoo Quench, satisfies the public’s hunger to participate in the ENTIRE scientific process and experience the wonder and discovery that comes with doing science. 

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NASA's IRIS Telescope Offers First Glimpse of Sun's Mysterious Atmosphere

On July 17, 2013, NASA's IRIS telescope orbited around Earth and opened its door to view the lowest layers of the Sun's atmosphere for the first time. 

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Champions of Change

Civic Hacking is about empowering people everywhere to have a hand in solving problems faced by their communities and it embodies a spirit we hold dear at the Adler. Whether it's learning about what the Universe is made up of or visualizing food deserts in Chicago, we believe the most profound of experiences are had when a person can discover and learn through collaborative problem solving with others.

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Images of Earth Taken by Distant Spacecraft

NASA just released color and black-and-white images of Earth and our Moon which were taken from millions of miles away by NASA's Cassini and MESSENGER spacecrafts.

  

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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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NASA Hubble Finds New Neptune Moon

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected the 14th and smallest known moon orbiting Neptune.  

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The Telescope Experience: No Special Effects Required

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked through a telescope. Is your hand raised?

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Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet

On July 9, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover advanced 135 feet on its third drive towards Mount Sharp. 

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Adler's People-Powered Space Program

Far Horizons is the Adler Planetarium's people-powered space program. For over 7 years we have launched high altitude balloons into the stratosphere for the purpose of education, experimentation and inspiration.

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NASA Hubble Finds a True Blue Planet

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to detect the true color of a faraway alien world for the first time.

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Badging Learning for All!

In designing learning experiences for young people at the Adler, we often grapple with how we as educators and mentors can provide opportunities that are in-depth, youth-driven and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. We are not alone in this conversation.

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New Science Observations from IBEX

After three years of observations, the IBEX team is now prepared to give a rundown of the observational features of the heliotail. 

 

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The Big Blue Chinese Star Chart

If you've seen the Big Blue Chinese Star Chart at the Adler, you understand why we call it that. It is usually in storage, to protect it from light, but has emerged this year to play a role in the Cosmic Wonder celebration.

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Three Potentially Habitable Planets Found Orbiting Gliese 667C

The search is on for planets that may harbor life and now we're another step closer.

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