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Category: Public Observing

Astrophotography picture of the Moon

Adler Skywatch: July 2022

Friday June 24th
Karen Donnelly

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 […]

The full Moon and the Willis Tower

Adler Skywatch: June 2022

Friday May 27th
Karen Donnelly

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 […]

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 […]

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

Everything You Need To Know About The May 2022 Total Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday April 27th
Colleen Cesaretti

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 If you love looking up at the Moon, you’re in for a stellar treat this May! On May 15, 2022, starting at 8:32 pm CT, the Flower Moon will begin […]

NASA's Hubble Telescope image of Jupiter

Adler Skywatch: April 2022

Thursday March 24th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Hubble’s new portrait of Jupiter. Header Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley). Before dawn breaks each morning, take a look at what is rising before the Sun this month, April 2022.   The first week of the month, the brightest planet, Venus, and […]

Adler Planetarium graphic depicting the fall celestial event, Chicagohenge.

Adler Skywatch: March 2022

Thursday February 24th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Adler Planetarium’s Lookup graphic depicting the spring and fall celestial event, Chicagohenge It’s time to “spring forward” and experience one of Chicago’s most picturesque sky highlights this month, March 2022. Daylight Saving time for 2022 starts March 13, at 2:00 am local time. On this morning we “spring-forward” by setting our clocks ahead […]

Image taken of Venus by NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Adler Skywatch: February 2022

Thursday January 20th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Venus by NASA’s Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The brightest planet in the sky gets even brighter than usual this month, February 2022. The planet Venus reaches its greatest brilliance for the entire year this month. Look for Venus very low in the southeast at the start of morning twilight. […]

Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede

Adler Skywatch: January 2022

Tuesday December 21st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede The Earth’s closest point to the Sun for the year and a major meteor shower are highlights for this month, January 2022. Perihelion, or the point in Earth’s orbit when it’s closest to the Sun, occurs at 12:52 am CST the morning of January […]

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 […]

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