Adler Planetarium

Blogs

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.

Outspoken Voices and Farewells

On March 24th, 2015, I met a group of outstanding people that truly care about the reputation of their community and the future of their youth. A group of us from the Adler Planetarium and Free Spirit Media] were once again brought together to give a helping hand to the Greenhouse Fellows. Despite what their name might suggest, they are a non-profit organization that guides youth to reach their full potential for imagination, resiliency, and sociability.

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Youth Change Makers in Action

During my time at the Adler, I’ve worked with many professionals and teens in order to create plans to help solve issues such as the lack of involvement in science for teens.

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Youth Change Maker Intern

By: Eric Macias

As a Youth Change Maker Intern, I participate in many of the Adler Planetarium’s teen programs. One of the goals of these programs is to help teens view the impact that they can make on society. Through teaching and mentorship, Adler staff members help teens make and realize this impact.  

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New Experiences and Making a Difference

Alyssa Chavez is one of two Youth Change Maker interns at the Adler Planetarium. Youth Change Maker interns explore how technology developed and used for citizen science programs might be transferred to civic engagement across Chicago. Youth Change Makers are part of a collaborative initiative with the Mikva Challenge Foundation, Free Spirit Media, Smart Chicago Collaborative, and the Adler Planetarium. Youth Change Makers are supported through the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning.

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Adler Celebrates 85 Years!

When the Adler Planetarium opened on May 12, 1930, it was the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The Zeiss projector was a modern technological wonder. Astronomers were at the cusp of great new discoveries about the universe. The planetarium was a wildly popular destination for learning about astronomy, new discoveries, and the instruments that astronomers use.

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Hubble Pride

Friday, April 24 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Since my own decision to go into astronomy was inspired by Hubble’s launch, I thought I’d share a personal story.

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Forty Five Years Ago Today – Apollo 13’s Safe Return

Forty-five years ago today NASA successfully guided the Apollo 13 crew safely back to Earth. Four days earlier, Apollo 13 was 200,000 miles from Earth when one of its oxygen tanks exploded.

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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.

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Total Lunar Eclipse on April 4th

Wow!  Yup, weather permitting, we’re in for yet another Total Lunar Eclipse in April! 

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NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. 

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Pluto Comes into Focus

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, a new arrival at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. For years, the search had been on for a mysterious 9th planet in the Solar System, led by Percival Lowell at his eponymous observatory. 

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The Cutting Edge of Space Exploration is Happening in your Own Backyard

Whether you realized it or not, space exploration has become not only global but local.

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NASA Unveils New 'Dark Side' Of The Moon Video

The Moon just might be one of the most familiar sights of all but you've never seen quite it like this before.

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Hubble Captures Rare Triple-Moon Conjunction

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet: Europa, Callisto, and Io.

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NASA Steps Closer to a Europa Mission5

This week, the space community is buzzing with news of positive steps toward NASA’s planned mission to Jupiter’s fascinating moon Europa.

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Adler Celebrates Clergy Contributions to Science–Past, Present, & Future

In celebration of the upcoming 10th anniversary of Evolution Weekend, the Adler is offering free admission to all pre-registered clergy on Tuesday, February 10th.

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Astronomers Discover Ancient System with Five Small Planets

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered a planetary system of five small planets dating back to when the Milky Way galaxy was a youthful two billion years old.

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At the Intersection of Science and Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) invited Adler Planetarium scientists to share new insights and perspectives on exhibitions at the MCA.  

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What are the Seasons Like on Uranus?

Uranus, like Earth, has four seasons. But that’s where the similarity between our seasons ends. For starters, the length of Uranus’ seasons are different from ours. It takes Earth 365 days to orbit around the Sun, but it takes Uranus 84 years, more or less. So, each season on Uranus lasts 21 (Earth) years.

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Let There Be Monsters: Visualizations and Scale

Growing up I found myself fascinated by Ultraman and Godzilla. 

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