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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.

Ekphest at the Adler

Ekphrastic poetry is a form of writing that is inspired by a work of visual art, and responded to or reconceived by the writer as poetry or prose.

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NASA Reveals Mysteries of 'Interstellar' Space

The new Paramount film "Interstellar" imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life after climate change destroys the Earth's ability to sustain us. Multiple NASA missions are helping avoid this dystopian future by providing critical data necessary to protect Earth.

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Exo-Eclipse

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about eclipses. You might have noticed that lunar eclipses have been all over the news this year

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Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.

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Partial Solar Eclipse

The world is a wondrous and amazing place, even if you aren't paying that close attention. But if you do have a little desire to see something out of the ordinary, then a little planning can go a long way to give you a spectacle worth seeing.

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, October 19.

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Observing the Sky: A Shared Experience

On October 8, 2014, the Chicago area – and, indeed, most of the United States – will see a total lunar eclipse, when the Moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth. 

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Happy Astronomy Day!

Although every (clear) day is the day to look up at the stars and wonder at our vast Universe, a few days, like today, have been given special status.

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Chicagohenge: When All Roads Lead to the Sun

The coming and goings of the seasons produce changes that we all recognize. The arrival of fall brings cooler temperatures and the riotous colors of autumn.

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for September 21 Orbit Insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled September 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

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NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station

U.S. astronauts will once again travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts.

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Icy Aquifers on Titan Transform Methane Rainfall

The NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission has revealed hundreds of lakes and seas spread across the north polar region of Saturn's moon Titan. These lakes are filled not with water but with hydrocarbons, a form of organic compound that is also found naturally on Earth and includes methane. 

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NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.

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Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close to Earth Sunday

A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, September 7. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 pm EDT (11:18 am PDT), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.

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Planning for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Have you made your hotel reservations yet? Because in three years, on August 21, 2017, you will have the chance to witness one of the most awesome spectacles of Nature --- a total eclipse of the Sun. 

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A Bump in the Night

Surprisingly, even right here in light polluted downtown Chicago, on a clear Moonless night you can photograph faint star clusters and gas clouds within the Milky Way...

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Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager’s historic footage of Triton has been “restored” and used to construct the best-ever global color map of that strange moon.

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Curiosity Rover is Having Wheel Problems

Mission managers didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has pyramid-shaped rocks embedded into hard ground, as it traverses Mars.

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Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Tips to Minimize Moon and Optimize 2014′s Perseid Meteor Shower

In 2014, the legendary Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors between midnight and dawn on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. 

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