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The Adler Planetarium with the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in the background.

Adler Skywatch: December 2021

Sunday November 28th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The outside of the Adler Planetarium at night with the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn brightly lit in the background. Image Credit: Mike Smail If skies are clear, we’ll get a chance to see all the planets visible to the unaided eye—and, just maybe, a comet—this month, December 2021. Comet Leonard, discovered in January […]

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

Adler Skywatch: November 2021

Wednesday October 27th
Karen Donnelly

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 Thanks to a lunar eclipse, you can watch the full Moon fade away and reappear within the space of a few hours this month, November 2021. The eclipse occurs in […]

The full Moon and the Willis Tower

Adler Skywatch: October 2021

Friday September 24th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The full Moon appearing right above the Willis Tower in Chicago. Image Credit: Nick Lake The brightest planet in the night sky gets a little brighter every night this month, October 2021. Venus is the brightest planet, and this month it’s easily spotted low in the southwest shortly after sunset. Though it’s bright, […]

A person observing through a telescope in July 2021 at the 'Scopes at the Adler small-group experience inside the Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory.

In The Right Light, Space Doesn’t Seem So Big

Monday August 30th
Aubrey Henretty

Header Image: A person observing through a telescope in July 2021 at the ‘Scopes at the Adler small-group experience inside the Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory. I was in graduate school, working on a writing project about vision and light and the brain, when I looked through a real telescope for the first time.   The year […]

Adler Planetarium graphic depicting the fall celestial event, Chicagohenge.

Adler Skywatch: September 2021

Sunday August 29th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Adler Planetarium graphic depicting the fall celestial event, Chicagohenge. If you like dark-sky viewing, you’ll get more opportunities for it this September 2021 as Earth’s Northern Hemisphere approaches an equinox. The autumnal equinox, marking the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere, falls on the 22nd, at 2:21 p.m. CDT. On the autumnal equinox […]

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 […]

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