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Category: Behind the Scenes

The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse shown through a telescope at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL while the Sun is still partially covered.

Historical Figures Obsessed With The Solar Eclipse Chase

Wednesday September 20th
Bella Mutert

Throughout history, the awe of solar eclipses have captivated both astronomers and non-astronomers alike. Some even dedicated their lives to studying and chasing eclipses!

An Adler Educator points out small details that can only be seen through a magnifying lens on the Stargazers Hub table to the Adler Star.

Stargazers Hub—The Adler Planetarium’s First New Exhibition Since 2019—Is Now Open

Thursday August 10th
Adler Planetarium Staff

In Stargazers Hub, you’ll see how people made, used, and shared tools for observing the sky with a multisensory journey through time.

Americas’ Courtyard, a stone sculpture outside the Adler Planetarium in Chicago Illinois on a sunny day.

Americas’ Courtyard, Stargazers Hub, and the Intersection of Art and Science

Wednesday August 2nd
Bella Mutert

How does the sculpture outside of the Adler illustrate STEAM? Learn more about Americas’ Courtyard in our new exhibit, Stargazers Hub.

Youth Organization for Lights Out (YOLO) teens presenting a photovoice project on light pollution in Chicago.

Adler Teens Are Protecting Dark Night Skies By Studying Light Pollution In Chicago’s Little Village

Wednesday July 12th
Waleska Valle

Learn how Adler Teens are combatting light pollution in Chicago with Youth Organization For Lights Out in the Adler Planetarium’s exhibit, Chicago’s Night Sky.

Museum Campus showing an aerial view of the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Chicago skyline in the fall at sunset.

Museum Campus Organizations Announce Plan-A-Visit Information For NASCAR Chicago Race Weekend And Shoulder Days

Wednesday May 17th
Adler Planetarium Staff

Chicago Museum Campus organizations share transportation and hour updates for the 2023 NASCAR Chicago Street Race weekend and shoulder days.

Couple embracing while looking at the Saturn exhibit in Our Solar System, at the Alder Planetarium.

A Perfect Date Night—Five Things to See at the Adler Planetarium

Tuesday February 7th
Bella Mutert

Header Image: Couple embracing while looking at the Saturn exhibit in Our Solar System, at the Adler Planetarium. Chicago is a city full of possibilities, opportunities, and adventures. But with so many options of places to go and things to see, how do you find the perfect spot for an out-of-this-world, wholesome date night?  The […]

Adler Planetarium 24" reflecting telescope in the Doane Observatory after installation in 2020.

Fun Facts About The Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory Telescope In Chicago

Monday January 23rd
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: Adler Planetarium 24″ reflecting telescope in the Doane Observatory after installation in 2020. Did you know the Doane Observatory is home to the largest publicly accessible telescope in Chicago? Since opening in 1977, the observatory in Chicago has had several telescopes within its walls, and these telescopes have given Chicagoans the opportunity to […]

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 […]

The famous Earthrise photo from the Apollo 8 mission. Image Credit: NASA

What Is Home To You?

Tuesday April 19th
Adler Planetarium Staff

Header Image: The famous Earthrise photo from the Apollo 8 mission. Image Credit: NASA Ah, planet Earth—the spinning space rock we fondly call home! Our perception of home can change depending on our situation. For someone who moves a lot, home may be an object or a person. It could be a memory from their […]

Front exterior of the Adler Planetarium with a blue sky.

10 Things At The Adler Planetarium You Don’t Want To Miss

Wednesday January 26th
Colleen Cesaretti

Header Image: Adler Planetarium December 2021. Editor’s Note: Updated in January 2024 to reflect more current and updated exhibit information. As the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere (and one of the historic attractions located on Chicago’s Museum Campus) we’ve got some pretty stellar exhibits you don’t want to miss during your visit! Read on to […]


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