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Category: Public Observing

Mars can be seen here during its opposition in October 2020. Image Credit: Astrophotographer Nick Lake

Adler Skywatch: February 2021

Thursday January 28th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Mars can be seen here during its opposition in October 2020. Image Credit: Astrophotographer Nick Lake Is that bright “star” in the sky really a star, or could it be a planet?  There’s plenty of both to look for this month, February 2021! Shortly after sunset, look high in the south-southwest skies to […]

Night photography set up with Comet NEOWISE in the background.

Adler Skywatch: January 2021

Thursday December 24th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Night photography set up with Comet NEOWISE in the background, taken in July 2020. Image Credit: Nick Lake It’s the beginning of 2021, stargazers! Earth is in the “just-right” zone for life to form—it orbits not too far from the Sun, and not too close. However, Earth’s distance from the Sun varies slightly […]

Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede

Adler Skywatch: December 2020

Thursday November 26th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede. Image Credit: NASA/Damian Peach To end this unprecedented year, we’ll all get to celebrate beneath a “Great Conjunction” in December 2020. For the past six months, the brilliant planet Jupiter and the dimmer (but still bright) planet Saturn have appeared several degrees away from […]

The Adler Planetarium with the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in the background.

Adler Skywatch: November 2020

Monday November 2nd
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 Many of us lost an hour earlier this year, but we get back that hour this month, November 2020! Most of the United States uses Daylight Saving time, which starts […]

An attendee looking through a telescope during a ‘Scopes In The City neighborhood event with the Adler Planetarium.

Stargazing Resources: A Few Good Books

Monday October 26th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: An attendee looking through a telescope during a ‘Scopes In The City neighborhood event with the Adler Planetarium in 2018. Hi there! I’m Michelle Nichols the Director of Public Observing and an astronomy educator at the Adler Planetarium. Are you a sky observing beginner and want some recommendations on how to get started? […]

Up close image of the Moon taken by an Adler Planetarium astronomer in June 2020. Image Credit: Michelle Nichols

Adler Skywatch: October 2020

Wednesday September 30th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Up close image of the Moon taken by an Adler Planetarium astronomer in June 2020. Image Credit: Michelle Nichols The “Red Planet” is at its closest and brightest for the year this month, October 2020. On the 6th, the planet Mars reaches its closest point to Earth for the next 15 years. In […]

The Sun sets during Chicagohenge as a CTA train in Chicago, Illinois travels towards it. Image Credit: @cdats

Adler Skywatch: September 2020

Tuesday September 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The Sun sets during Chicagohenge as a CTA train in Chicago, Illinois travels towards it. Image Credit: @cdats It’s a great month for planet viewing and observing the Earth-and-sky occurrence known as “Chicagohenge”, in September 2020. Start your planet viewing during evening twilight by looking low in the southern skies to see the […]

Looking through a telescope at the Adler Planetarium.

Choosing A Telescope

Tuesday August 11th
Megan Lothamer

Header Image: Looking through a telescope at the Adler Planetarium. One question we often get at the Adler is: “I’m a beginner. What’s the best telescope for me?”  The really short answer is, “The best telescope for you is the one you will actually use!” But the long answer can get more complex. So before […]

Snapshot of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower in 2016 from West Virginia. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Adler Skywatch: August 2020

Saturday August 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Hello stargazers! One of the best annual meteor showers of the year occurs this month, August 2020. The Perseid meteor shower is expected […]

Jupiter and Saturn are among the stars of Sagittarius the Archer throughout July 2020.

Adler Skywatch: July 2020

Wednesday July 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Look Up to see Jupiter and Saturn are among the stars of Sagittarius the Archer throughout July 2020. With clear skies, a clear view to the eastern horizon, and good timing, you may be able to see all five naked-eye visible planets this month, July 2020. The brilliant planet Jupiter starts the show, […]

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