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Category: Astronomy

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AstroFan: Reimagining the Origins of the Moon with Synestia

Monday March 18th
Bianca Anderson

Hello again! Welcome to the second installment of our AstroFan series! This month’s topic focuses on Synestia, a molten HOT new theory regarding the origins of our Moon. If you’re like me and love action-packed collisions, then buckle up and enjoy this trip back in time to proto-Earth! A few weeks ago a colleague and […]

Far Horizons Web Comic: Meet Defiance

Webcomic: A Balloon’s Journey to the Edge of Space

Tuesday March 12th
Rey Maktoufi

The following is a webcomic created by Adler Visiting Researcher, Reheynah (Rey) Maktoufi! In this comic, you’ll meet Defiance, a payload box, who is about to journey to the edge of space with the Adler’s Far Horizons‘ team! In loving memory of Poppy Defiance remembers Poppy earlier that day in Stratosphere:

Copernicus: The Astronomer & the City

Tuesday February 19th
Pedro Raposo

Who’s that guy sitting on a pedestal greeting you as you walk up to the Adler Planetarium? It’s one the most prominent astronomers in the history of modern science, Nicolaus Copernicus! In honor of his 545th birthday, let’s dive into the history behind this statue & this astronomer’s legacy. When you approach the Adler Planetarium […]

Bianca Anderson, Adler Planetarium

An Introduction to our Monthly Series “AstroFan” and Binary Neutron Stars

Monday February 18th
Bianca Anderson

Greetings! My name is Bianca and I work in marketing at the Adler Planetarium. I started here about three months ago in November 2018. Things you need to know about me: 1. I’m a Sci-Fi nerd2. And I think space is FREAKING awesome With that, I present to you my new monthly blog series “AstroFan”—I mean, how could I work in a SPACE […]

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity comes courtesy of the Sun and the rover's front hazard-avoidance camera. Photo credit: NASA

Remembering Opportunity, the little rover that could

Thursday February 14th
Megan Lothamer

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, NASA officially announced the “death” of Opportunity (2003-2018), a rover sent to Mars by NASA in 2003 for a 90-day mission that turned into a staggering fifteen years. Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004, three weeks after its companion rover, Spirit, touched down on the other side of […]

Happy Valentine’s Day “With Love, from the Man on the Moon”

Thursday February 14th
Adler Planetarium Staff

Author: Carlyn Hill (Former Content Strategist)   The greatest love story on Earth didn’t take place on Earth at all—it happened 238,900 away from Earth on our celestial neighbor! In honor of Valentine’s Day, read about the grand romantic gesture Captain James A. Lovell Jr. made while orbiting the Moon on Apollo 8. “You want […]

Man observes the night sky through a telescope in a back yard.

Adler Skywatch: February 2019

Saturday February 2nd
Karen Donnelly

The closest “Supermoon,” of the year and glimpses of all the naked-eye-visible planets can be expected during February 2019. About an hour after sunset, the planet Mars is about halfway up in the sky, between the zenith and the southwest horizon. It’s not as bright as some of the wintertime evening stars to its east, […]

Moon rising over the Adler Planetarium

Once in a Blue Moon

Thursday January 10th
Mark Hammergren

Cover Photo Credit: Chris Smith For decades NASA’s plans for human space exploration have focused on Mars as the preeminent target. However, in December 2017, the Trump administration issued a national policy directive through its freshly reconstituted Space Council calling for a return to the Moon—not just with Apollo-style landings, but “for long-term exploration and […]

Catch a total lunar eclipse in Chicago this January!

Adler Skywatch: January 2019

Friday January 4th
Karen Donnelly

Bright stars and planets, meteors, an eclipse, a “Supermoon,” and a close approach by the Sun are all expected during January 2019. In evening twilight this month, the planet Mars is high in the southern skies. The night of the 12th, it appears near a waxing crescent Moon. Each evening Mars appears higher in the […]

Earthrise- photo taken by Bill Anders on December 24, 1968

Sailing to the Moon and Back

Friday December 21st
Andrew Johnston

This December, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon, one of the most amazing journeys of exploration in human history. This was the first time humans ever ventured away from Earth’s immediate vicinity, and the first time anyone saw both sides of the Moon with their own eyes. On […]


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