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Snapshot of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower in 2016 from West Virginia. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Adler Skywatch: August 2021

Friday July 30th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Snapshot of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower in 2016 from West Virginia. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Of the three major meteor showers that occur each year, only one takes place when the weather is reliably warm. The Perseid meteor shower is a highlight of this month, August 2021! The Perseids peak around the […]

How To Make A Galaxy Cheesecake

Wednesday July 28th

Header Image: Galaxy cheesecake slices cut up and being served. What’s cooler than a regular cheesecake? A galaxy cheesecake! Celebrate National Cheesecake Day every day with a delectable dessert that is truly out-of-this-world. Galaxy Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients: Cheesecake 72oz soft cream cheese 1 1/4 cups sugar 1.2 tsp salt 4 eggs 3 tbsp lemon juice […]

Artist Concept of the Kepler Space Telescope operating during a new mission to find planets. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle

Meet Scientists From The Kepler Space Telescope Mission

Tuesday July 6th

Header Image: Artist Concept of the Kepler Space Telescope operating during a new mission to find planets. Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle 2021 marks the 450th anniversary of the birthday of one of the most noted astronomers in history, Johannes Kepler. Kepler was a German astronomer who started his career as a mathematics teacher before working […]

The Moon surface as seen via the Adler's Doane Observatory in April 2017.

Adler Skywatch: July 2021

Saturday June 26th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The Moon surface as seen via the Adler’s Doane Observatory in April 2017. It may be the warmest time of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, but the Earth actually is at its furthest point away from the Sun this month, July 2021. Aphelion—the annual point in Earth’s orbit when it’s furthest from […]

The Adler Planetarium at night with the constellation Orion shining in the sky.

When The Going Gets Tough, The Adler Planetarium Comes To You

Wednesday June 23rd
Aubrey Henretty

Header Image: The Adler Planetarium at night with the constellation Orion shining in the sky. Image Credit: Nick Lake If our social media mentions and DMs are any indication of public sentiment, a lot of you are wondering if the Adler Planetarium is open yet. The answer? It sort of depends on what you mean […]

Total solar eclipse from August 21, 2017.

Adler Skywatch: June 2021

Friday May 28th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Total solar eclipse from August 21, 2017. An annular solar eclipse occurs—though it won’t be easy to see—and a new season starts this month, June 2021. An annular solar eclipse takes place on June 10; and technically, it is visible in the Chicago area. First off, never look directly at the Sun without […]

Eclipse of the Sun illustration from the Adler Planetarium's collections

Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses Explained

Wednesday April 28th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: Eclipse of the Sun illustration from the Adler Planetarium’s collections There are several topics in astronomy that get lots of people excited: naked-eye visible comets, bright planets, auroras…but eclipses are generally at the top of the observing list for many of us. We love seeing the Sun or Moon look different from how […]

A person looking through the Doane Observatory telescope at the Adler Planetarium

Tag Along With Adler: How This Adler Zooniverse Research Project Got Started

Tuesday April 27th
Jessica BrodeFrank and Sam Blickhan

Header Image: A person looking through the Doane Observatory telescope at the Adler Planetarium. Have you ever attempted to search the internet for a specific thing, but found that no matter what you typed in the search bar you couldn’t find what you were looking for? The same problem can happen when searching digital collections! […]

Total lunar eclipse seen in the United States on April 15th, 2014 in San Jose, California.

Adler Skywatch: May 2021

Thursday April 22nd

Header Image: Total lunar eclipse seen in the United States on April 15th, 2014 in San Jose, California. Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day A good chance to glimpse a hard-to-see planet, a lunar eclipse during Moonset, and the closest Supermoon of the year occur this month, May 2021. Planets To Spot This May […]

Up close image of the Moon taken by an Adler Planetarium astronomer in June 2020. Image Credit: Michelle Nichols

Adler Skywatch: April 2021

Thursday March 25th
Karen Donnelly

Traditionally April’s Full Moon has been called the “Pink Moon,” for the flowers that begin to bloom in the warmer weather. However, some people will be calling it a “Supermoon” this month, April 2021. The Moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle; sometimes the Moon is further away from Earth, sometimes it’s closer. […]

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