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Adler Skywatch: August 2022

Wednesday July 27th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Astrophotography image of the Pleiades star cluster taken by Nick Lake.  One of the best meteor showers of the year occurs this month, August 2022. Here’s your stargazing guide to help you see as many meteors as possible—and to keep looking up throughout the month. Spot The Annual Perseids Meteor Shower What makes […]

Behind-The-Scenes of NASA’s Roving with Perseverance Exhibit Installation at the Adler Planetarium

Wednesday July 20th
Nikki O'Hara

Image Header: NASA’s Roving with Perseverance traveling exhibit in the Adler Planetarium’s Our Solar System exhibit.  If you work at the Adler Planetarium, you’ll be part of some pretty interesting things. But it’s not every day that you get to be part of a new exhibit installation, especially one from NASA! There is so much […]

JWST: The Most Powerful Infrared Space Telescope Humans Have Ever Created

Tuesday July 12th

Header Image: The Cosmic Cliffs in NGC 3324, also known as the Carina Nebula. This image was taken by the JWST and shows cosmic dust and gas a part of the nebula, but also previously obscured star nurseries and stars that we can now see with the space telescope’s infrared light. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, […]

Astrophotography picture of the Moon

Adler Skywatch: July 2022

Friday June 24th

Header Image: Astrophotography picture of the Moon. Image Credit: Nick Lake Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus are gathering again during the dark hours of early mornings, and another supermoon occurs this month, July 2022. Here’s your stargazing guide to help you look up all throughout the month! When And Where To Spot These Five Planets […]

Person sitting at desk with their laptop on Adler Zooniverse website homepage. 2022.

NASA Research You Can Contribute To Right Now

Wednesday June 22nd
Nikki O'Hara

Header Image: Person sitting at a desk with their laptop on Adler Zooniverse website homepage. 2022. As kids, some of us would look up at the Moon and hope one day we could step foot on it. Maybe you dreamed of blasting off into space on a rocketship as a NASA astronaut or becoming a […]

Adler Teens venture onto lake Michigan in 2019 looking for fragments of a meteorite!

Aquarius Project Update: The Lab Results Are In

Saturday June 11th

Header Image: Adler Teens venture onto Lake Michigan in 2019 looking for fragments of a meteorite! Listen. It’s been five years since a meteor crashed into Lake Michigan and a team of Adler teens, scientists, and other determined meteorite hunters decided to go after it.  The odds were stacked against them at basically every turn. […]

The full Moon and the Willis Tower

Adler Skywatch: June 2022

Friday May 27th

All of the planets visible to the naked eye — and some that aren’t visible —are in or near the same quadrant of the pre-dawn sky this month, June 2022. The first planet up is Saturn, which rises in the east-southeast shortly after midnight Central Daylight time through June 14, and shortly before midnight June […]

Madge Webster in her element, surrounded by historical scientific instruments, and holding an astrolabe while wearing another one in a necklace (Adler archives).

A Passion for Scientific Instruments: Remembering Marjorie K. Webster

Wednesday May 18th

Header Image: Madge Webster in her element, surrounded by historical scientific instruments, and holding an astrolabe while wearing another one in a necklace (Adler archives). While to many the name “Webster” will evoke a famous dictionary, in the Adler family it resonates with collections, history of astronomy, a passion for scientific instruments, and generous support […]

Why Do All Aliens In Star Wars Have Faces?

Wednesday May 4th

Header Image: Three Tusken Raider cosplayers sitting on the steps outside the Adler Planetarium for the 2014 Adler After Dark: Geek Chic event. As we were preparing to celebrate Star Wars Day, Adler Astronomer Dr. Geza Gyuk raised a very interesting scientific question about the Star Wars universe: Why do all the aliens in Star Wars […]

Nick Lake's image of a total lunar eclipse.

Adler Skywatch: May 2022

Friday April 29th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Total lunar eclipse seen in Chicago.  Header Image Credit: Nick Lake  Eclipses don’t happen often. When they do, they come in pairs about two weeks apart. A partial solar eclipse on April 30 overshadows only a small portion of the Southern Hemisphere–but the eastern half of the U.S. gets the chance to see […]

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