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Category: Public Observing

The penumbral lunar eclipse as seen in Sun Valley, Idaho, on November 30, 2020. Image credit: Nils Ribi via Earthsky.org, edited by the Adler Planetarium.

Adler Skywatch: March 2024

Wednesday February 21st
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout March, 2024? Learn about the spring equinox, the penumbral lunar eclipse, and what planets you can see in March.

the traditional New Moon, the earliest visible waxing crescent, which signals the start of a new month in many lunar and lunisolar calendars. Image credit: NASA Goddard

Adler Skywatch: February 2024

Wednesday January 24th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout February, 2024? Learn about why we can’t see the supermoon, the snow Moon, visible planets, and Leap Day!

Person looking through telescope, observing two bright objects in the sky at dusk.

Adler Skywatch: January 2024

Wednesday December 27th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout January, 2024? Learn about perihelion, the Quadrantids meteor shower and the planets this month!

A winter landscape where the Sun shines through branches of a frozen tree, during sunset on the winter solstice.

Adler Skywatch: December 2023

Tuesday November 28th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout December 2023? See the Geminid Meteor Shower, the winter solstice, the full cold Moon, and more!

Jupiter and its moon Io, as seen from space. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Adler Skywatch: November 2023

Wednesday October 25th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout November, 2023? When does Daylight Saving time end, how to see Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Leonid meteor shower.

An annular “ring of fire” solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. Image Credits: NASA/Bill Dunford

Adler Skywatch: October 2023

Monday September 25th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout October, 2023? How to see the October 14 solar eclipse, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and hunter’s Moon!

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!

The Sun setting perfectly in between skyscrapers down an east-west facing street in Chicago, Illinois. Due to the grid orientation in the City of Chicago, during an equinox the Sun sets perfectly down the middle of the city’s streets—a phenomenon known as Chicagohenge. Image credit: Raf Winterpacht (@rafwinterpacht on Instagram)

Adler Skywatch: September 2023

Wednesday August 23rd
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout August 2023? See Chicagohenge, the super harvest Moon, the spring equinox, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.

A total solar eclipse is seen on August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon, USA. Image Credit: NASA/ Aubrey Gemignani

Different Types Of Solar Eclipses Explained

Tuesday August 22nd
Bella Mutert

What is the difference between a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse, and a partial solar eclipse? We discuss the different types of solar eclipses, what a solar eclipse is, and how to see the October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024 eclipses!

A person stands in front of the Adler Planetarium, holding a homemade pinhole projector to safely observe the Sun without solar viewers.

How To Make A Pinhole Projector To Safely View A Solar Eclipse

Friday August 11th
Adler Planetarium Staff

How to safely observe the Sun and the October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024 solar eclipses using a homemade pinhole projector. Get equipped to eclipse!

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