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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.

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. Image credit: NASA/ Bill Ingalls

Adler Skywatch: August 2023

Wednesday July 26th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout August 2023? See the Perseids Meteor Shower, a Super Blue Moon, the Super Sturgeon Moon and more!

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.

Header image: Astrophotography image of the full Moon, captured by the Adler Planetarium’s Theaters Manager, Nick Lake.

Adler Skywatch: July 2023

Monday June 26th

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout July 2023? See Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, and the Full Buck Supermoon!

Rectangle rock blocks in a spiral pattern on green grass with trees and the Adler Planetarium in the background.

Celebrate The Summer Solstice And The 25th Anniversary of Americas’ Courtyard At The Adler Planetarium

Wednesday June 21st

Celebrate the summer solstice and 25th anniversary of Americas’ Courtyard with artist Denise Milan at the Adler Planetarium.

The Adler Planetarium on a sunny, summer day, with a line of guests on the museum steps.

How To Get To The Adler Planetarium And Museum Campus During NASCAR Chicago Street Races

Tuesday June 6th

If you couldn’t snag tickets for the races, you’re probably still looking for a stellar way to celebrate Independence Day weekend. If so, then you’re in luck, because the Adler Planetarium will be open to the public during the races, on July 1–2, 2023.

The Sun glowing in the sky, with foliage accenting the bright orange and yellow sky. Image credit: Jeremy Bishop via Unsplash

Adler Skywatch: June 2023

Friday May 26th
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout June 2023? See the summer solstice, the full Horse Moon, Venus, and other planets in the 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

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

Jupiter in the night sky, as seen magnified by the telescope in the Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory.

Adler Skywatch: May 2023

Friday April 21st
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout May 2023? See Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, the Hare Moon, and learn where Mercury went!

A group of students at the Adler Planetarium's 2023 Operation Airlift, weighing their airship with the guidance of an Adler STEM mentor.

Operation Airlift: 3…2…1… Liftoff to Engineering!

Monday April 17th

What do you get when you mix an indoor soccer field, 500 cubic feet of helium, 100 middle schoolers, endless duct tape, 40 Adler staff and volunteers, 150 boxed lunches, and a pile of Snap Circuits? Why, Operation Airlift, of course!


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