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Star Story being projected onto a wall.

DIY At Home: Star Stories

Monday December 7th

In this hands-on activity for families, we encourage you to create your own DIY constellation.

Image Caption: The Zeiss Mark II projector can be seen here in the Adler's original domed theater in the 1930s. Image Credit: The Adler Planetarium Archives

5 Cities, 50 Years, 5,000 Miles: The Remarkable Afterlife of America’s First Planetarium Projector

Saturday November 28th

Header Image: The Zeiss Mark II projector can be seen here in the Adler’s original domed theater in the 1930s. Image Credit: The Adler Planetarium Archives Written By: Mike Smail, Director of Theaters and Digital Experience In January of 1970, the Adler Planetarium de-installed our original Zeiss planetarium projector (the first one in the Western […]

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 […]

Meet Nick, host of Skywatch Weekly

Behind The Scenes With The Host Of Skywatch Wednesday

Monday November 16th

Meet the man behind the Adler Planetarium’s Skywatch Weekly YouTube show that gives you a weekly virtual tour of what’s up in our sky.

A photo of our universe with doodles of a planet and astronaut on it.

Space Mad Libs For Kids!

Tuesday November 10th

Enjoy family-friendly fun with these space mad libs for kids!

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? […]

Astrophotography picture of the Moon

What Is A Blue Moon?

Tuesday October 20th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: Astrophotography picture of the Moon. Image Credit: Nick Lake What, exactly, is a blue moon, and how rare is it? This question seems like it should have a straightforward answer, but as with all things related to language, it’s complicated. Absurd, Impossible, or Rare? The phrase blue moon has been around for several […]

Artwork of the Chicago city skyline.

DIY At Home: Your Night Sky

Monday October 19th

In this hands-on activity for families, we encourage you to look up at the night sky and design a night scene inspired by your memory or your imagination.

Graph from Adler Zooniverse project Health Record Hiccups that shows how health data is recorded over time.

Help Researchers Spot Suspicious Blips In Health Data With Adler Zooniverse

Friday October 9th
Aubrey Henretty

Image Caption: Adler Zooniverse project Health Record Hiccups analyzes graphs like this one to look for unexpected changes in health data over time. I’m not a statistician, a doctor, an elected official, or a very-recent-historian, but I would bet at least a couple of my vital organs that most of us have paid more attention to […]

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