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Category: Public Observing

Adler Skywatch: April 2019

Monday April 1st
Karen Donnelly

Though Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, some of the night sky’s brightest stars—usually associated with wintertime—can still be seen this month, April 2019. Look to the southwest during evening twilight, to see a rhombus-shaped pattern of bright stars—like a long, thin, horizontally-stretched-out square in the sky. The top point of the rhombus is […]

Photo of stars in the night sky on Sark Island, July, 2018. Photo Credit: Meredith Stepien

Have You Ever Really Seen the Stars?

Thursday March 28th
Megan Lothamer

When was the last time you saw more than five stars in the night sky? More than ten? Twenty? How about the Milky Way? Ever looked up a vast, hazy band of light that trails from one end of the night sky to the other and felt as though the heavens were reaching down toward […]

Michelle Nichols - Telescope

Adler Skywatch: March 2019

Friday March 1st
Karen Donnelly

Get ready to move your clocks ahead an hour and to welcome the season of Spring this month—March 2019. Daylight Saving Time starts this year on the 10th at 2:00 a.m. local time. Move your clocks ahead one hour on this date. We’ll get that hour back on November 3, when Daylight Saving Time ends […]

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, […]

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 […]

Image of moon

A Total Lunar Eclipse

Monday December 31st
Michelle Nichols

Did you get to see the lunar eclipse this past January right before sunrise? It was tough to see. The Moon was low in the west, and we didn’t get to view the entire eclipse because the Moon set before the eclipse finished. Folks out in the western U.S. got a much better chance to […]

Comet Hyakutake, photo by Michelle Nichols, 26 March 1996, using a Pentax K1000 camera, f2.0, 20 second exposure, taken from the town of West Chicago, IL.

A Holiday Comet?

Wednesday December 12th
Michelle Nichols

Have you ever seen a comet in the night sky? I suspect most of the people reading this haven’t. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of comets in the Solar System—more than 5,000 have been discovered so far and several dozen can be spotted using very large telescopes each year—but because most comets are […]

December 2018 Skywatch | Here's what's happening in our night sky!

Adler Skywatch: December 2018

Saturday December 1st
Karen Donnelly

Do the days seem to be getting a little darker this month? It’s not your imagination. You can see the change for yourself, along with some of the night’s brightest stars and planets, during the month of December 2018! This month the Sun rises around 7:00 am CT, and sets before 4:30 pm. That means […]

Imagine the Moon at the Adler Planetarium this Winter!

Choose the Moon With Us This Winter!

Wednesday October 24th
Megan Lothamer

This winter, we’re stopping to #LookUp and celebrate the mysteries and magnetism of our closest celestial neighbor, the Moon. The Moon has been a source of wonder for all of human history. It has been a muse for poetry, art, and epic stories. As people studied and recorded the patterns of the Moon’s movements, they […]

Above: Junior members of CAS observing at the Adler’s rooftop in the context of Operation Moonwatch, c. 1957 (Adler Archives)

Chicago: A City of Stargazers

Monday October 22nd
Pedro Raposo

Chicago has long been a city of stargazers. And one way or another, all astronomical roads in Chicago have led to the Adler since it became the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere in 1930. Here are a few stories, objects, and documents from our collections that remind us how the Adler has helped Chicagoans […]

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