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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.

Adler Teen Blog: The Doane Observatory

Cecilia Soto is a telescope intern at the Adler. She worked in the Doane Observatory doing solar viewing with visitors and designed a WorldWide Telescope space show. She blogged about her experiences at the Doane this summer.

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Adler Teen Blog: A Day in the Life of a Citizen Science Intern

Khadija is a Citizen Science intern at the Adler. This summer, she designed an activity for the upcoming Girls Do Hack event in November about gravity. In this post she shares her experiences working for the Zooniverse.

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Adler Teen Blog: Navigating Adler's Treasures

Quinn Shepherd is a Far Horizons Intern at the Adler, assisting in the launch of high-altitude balloons with scientific instruments attached. She will be a junior at Whitney M Young Magnet High School. In this post she talks about one of the many experiences she had at the Adler this summer. 

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NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft

After months of experimentation, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its efforts to restore the spacecraft to full working order. The team will conduct a study to identify possible science opportunities for the spacecraft in its current condition.

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Drawing Plans and Making Models

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus published his groundbreaking, earth-shattering, and generally discombobulating notion that the Sun, not the Earth, is at the center of the planetary system.

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Space Station Boosting Biological Research in Orbit

Analyzing the science of biology in microgravity opens a world of possibilities! Research ranges from plant growth to cell growth and from bacterial virulence to strength in human bones

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Adler’s Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party

The summer may be winding down – but it is not over yet! On Monday, August 12, the Adler will hold our annual Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

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GRB Lights Up Ancient Hidden Galaxy

More than 12.7 billion years ago, a star exploded, sending its remains in twin jets which traveled through space at nearly the speed of light. During the star's death, it shined a million times more brightly than its entire galaxy.

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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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