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Whirlpool Galaxy taken by Adler Planetarium Telescope Volunteer Bill Chiu

You Asked, Our Astronomers Answered!

Thursday May 7th
Colleen Cesaretti

Header Image: A beautiful image of The Whirlpool Galaxy taken by an Adler Planetarium Telescope Volunteer. Image Credit: Bill Chiu Our universe is vast, mysterious, and ever expanding! Astronomers are constantly discovering and uncovering new secrets about space, which we know can lead to lots of questions. What is a black hole? When can you […]

Chewbacca standing outside the Adler Planetarium looking out at the Chicago skyline during an Adler After Dark event. Image Credit: Katie Sater

May the 4th (And The Puns) Be With You

Monday May 4th
Colleen Cesaretti

Happy Star Wars Day! This epic saga has been inspiring people all around the globe—including Adler Planetarium staff—since 1977. Our staff celebrated this intergalactic holiday by sharing some of their favorite Star Wars memories. May the force be with you and remember—yoda best! “I’ve loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember! Two […]

Adler Skywatch: May 2020

Friday May 1st
Karen Donnelly

What’s better than the near approach of a comet? How about the near approach of two comets? That’s what we’re expecting during the month of May, 2020! Comet C/2019 Y4, also known as Comet ATLAS, was discovered late last December. It will come closest to Earth on May 23rd, at a distance of about 72 […]

A smiling Choumika poses in her hospital scrubs.

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM: Meet Choumika

Friday April 24th
Bianca Anderson

“Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM” is a series on The Adler ’Scope that highlights the awesome women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields here in our own community. Meet women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests and learn their unique stories. Choumika Simonis Medical Student at […]

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center hosted a NASA Social at BLDG 703 in Palmdale, California. Over 90 attendees toured the aircraft inside the hangar as they learned about the five airborne science expeditions targeting air, land, and sea.

Ready For Launch: 5 New NASA Earth Expeditions

Tuesday April 21st
Colleen Cesaretti

Header Image: NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center hosted a NASA Social at BLDG 703 in Palmdale, California. Over 90 attendees toured the aircraft inside the hangar as they learned about the five airborne science expeditions targeting air, land, and sea. Image Credit: NASA As my tour group entered the gigantic airplane hangar at the Armstrong […]

Pocket globe by Thomas Lane (London, c. 1830), Adler Planetarium collections. This globe was symbolically taken aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1999 during the mission STS-103. 

Changing Views of the Earth

Thursday April 16th
Pedro Raposo

Header Image: Pocket globe by Thomas Lane (London, c. 1830), Adler Planetarium collections. This globe was symbolically taken aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1999 during the mission STS-103.  The conception of Earth has changed dramatically over time. It was only four centuries ago that Earth started to be widely regarded as a planet, and it […]

Senior Writer Aubrey Henretty interviews Captain Lovell in 2016.

When a Crisis Hits, Remember What Capt. Lovell Said

Monday April 13th
Aubrey Henretty

Header Image: Senior Writer Aubrey Henretty interviews Captain Lovell in 2016. It was the second week at home when I remembered what Capt. Lovell said about surviving Apollo 13. The first week had been a blur of stress-cleaning, stress-cardio, hyperproductivity, and Apocalypse Lentil Soup. I am an anxious person even in non-pandemic times, and I […]

The spotty surface of Betelgeuse shown with two, large, bright, star spots. The spots potentially represent enormous convective cells rising from below the supergiant's surface. They are bright because they're hotter than the rest of the surface, but both spots and surface are cooler than the Sun.

Betelgeuse: A Supernova in the Works

Sunday April 5th
Bianca Anderson

Header Image: The spotty surface of Betelgeuse shown with two, large, bright, star spots. The spots potentially represent enormous convective cells rising from below the supergiant’s surface. They are bright because they’re hotter than the rest of the surface, but both spots and surface are cooler than the Sun. Image Credit: Xavier Haubois (Observatoire de […]

The Waxing Gibbous Moon.

Adler Skywatch: April 2020

Wednesday April 1st
Karen Donnelly

Happy April, stargazers! The closest supermoon of the year takes place this month, April 2020. Supermoon is a nickname that describes a Full Moon that occurs within 10% of its closest approach to Earth. Astronomers refer to supermoons as a perigean Full Moon. The April 7th Full Moon is just under 222,000 miles from Earth. […]

Staff members of the Adler Planetarium marketing team posing with newly branded Adler sweatshirts in January 2020.

Google Hangouts, Dance Parties, At-Home Clothes…Oh My!

Tuesday March 31st
Jennifer Howell

How Adler Staff is Staying Connected During These “Unprecedented Times” Header Image: Staff members of the Adler Planetarium marketing team posing with newly branded Adler sweatshirts in January 2020. On a cosmic scale, there is very little distance between us. However, when you’re used to collaborating in person to create memorable experiences for an iconic […]

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