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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

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!

Everything You Need To Know About The October 2023 Partial Solar Eclipse

Friday September 8th

Here’s everything you need to know about the October 14, 2023, partial solar eclipse or annular solar eclipse (depending on your location).

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

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

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!

An Adler Educator points out small details that can only be seen through a magnifying lens on the Stargazers Hub table to the Adler Star.

Stargazers Hub—The Adler Planetarium’s First New Exhibition Since 2019—Is Now Open

Thursday August 10th

In Stargazers Hub, you’ll see how people made, used, and shared tools for observing the sky with a multisensory journey through time.

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!

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