Astronomy & Culture
Go back in history and learn about some of the cultures that have engaged in the timeless quest to understand their place in the Universe – from ancient Egypt and South America to medieval Europe and the Middle East.
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Clark Family Welcome Gallery
Discover the similarities you share with astronomers, astronauts, engineers, cosmologists and everyday explorers. Whether you look up, build tools or ask questions, discover the wonder we all share in common.
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Facilitated field trips and camp experiences provide hands-on opportunities for tomorrow's leaders in our Cyberspace Classrooms. The open area in Cyberspace encourages exploration into and conversations about contemporary space topics.
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Historic Atwood Sphere
Experience the night sky over Chicago as it appeared in 1913. Although the stars positions have not changed, we see less of them due to light pollution. Let one of our amazing staff identify the stars and constellations you see.
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Many of us living near cities and towns seldom experience the Hidden Wonders of our beautiful night sky. This exhibit explores what our night skies could look like and steps for preserving them for generations to come.
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Our Solar System
Explore the many worlds — planets, moons, dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids — that orbit the Sun. Our Solar System is much more than a star and eight planets; it is home to a set of diverse and amazing objects that we are only beginning to understand.
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machines—mechanical devices showing the movements of planets—capture our
feelings of cosmic wonder and mechanical delight. The planetary machines and
artwork featured in this exhibition will arouse wonder in everyone. Planetary Machines will be on display from May 16 to August 23.
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Adventure from Earth through space to the imaginary Planet X without
ever leaving the planetarium. Climb, crawl, pilot and excavate your way
from the familiar to the unknown, all the while discovering a new world.
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Shoot for the Moon
Discover the thrills and dangers of lunar exploration as you take a journey with Jim Lovell from NASA historic moon missions to today's international efforts to better understand our nearest neighbor.
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Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass
the extraordinary beauty and technology of some of the world's most important
telescopes, which enable us to discover information about the Universe.
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The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time
Be transported to the distant corners of the cosmos and witness how the Universe evolved over 13.7 billion years - from the Big Bang to modern day.
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