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A full carload of visitors is pictured either going into or coming out of the Atwood Sphere.

A (Very) Brief History of the Atwood Sphere

Friday October 18th
Megan Lothamer

The Atwood Sphere is the oldest sky simulator in the world still operating. Explore its unique history and how it came to call the Adler Planetarium home!

Chicago's Black Women in STEAM blog series | Felicia Davenport

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Series: Meet Felicia

Sunday October 13th
Bianca Anderson

“Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM” is a series on The Adler ’Scope that highlights the awesome women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields here in our own community. Meet women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests and learn their unique stories. Felicia DavenportGraduate Research Assistant at […]

Adler Teen Alumni: Heritage, Community, and the Future

Sunday October 6th
Colleen Cesaretti

By Rosalía Lugo, Teen Programs Manager, and Colleen Cesaretti Header Image: 2017 group photo of Adler Interns, including former Adler Teen, Mia Berrios. Credit: Mia Berrios Over the years, many teens have passed through our front doors, and in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we are celebrating two of our stellar former Adler Teens, David […]

The far side of Earth's Moon as seen based on data from cameras aboard NASA's robotic Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

It’s a Marvelous Year For a Moondance

Friday October 4th
Megan Lothamer

Header Image: The far side of Earth’s Moon as seen based on data from cameras aboard NASA’s robotic Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University Heads up! We’re blasting off into a very SPACE (and Moon) themed weekend. Today, we kick off World Space Week, which runs from October 4-10. This […]

Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet. Credit: NASA/JPL

Adler Skywatch: October 2019

Tuesday October 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet. Credit: NASA/JPL The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer this month, October 2019. But the longer nights mean more night-sky objects to observe. During evening twilight this […]

Image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

AstroFan: The Comet That Came From Afar

Monday September 30th
Bianca Anderson

Header Image: While C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is too far away for us to get detailed images, it probably looks something like this image taken on March 27, 2016, by the Rosetta spacecraft, 329 km from the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image measures 28.7 km across. Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam The Day the Adler Met an […]

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How to Spot the International Space Station

Tuesday September 24th
Megan Lothamer

Every summer, Michelle Larson, President and CEO of the Adler Planetarium, loves to attend a star party (or two!) with her family. Star parties are one of those scenarios where groups of people get together and camp out in a place where the night sky is highly visible. People bring tents, blankets, hot chocolate… and […]

Lauren Asta (left) and Shawn Smith (right) pose with their completed Moonshot Murals painted by Adler guests during Moon Bash on July 20, 2019.

What’s your Moonshot?

Wednesday September 18th
Erin Wilson

Header Image: Lauren Asta (left) and Shawn Smith (right) pose with their completed “Moonshot Murals” painted by Adler guests during Moon Bash on July 20, 2019 Brushes were poised and the smell of spray paint began to permeate the air. The sound of the small metal ball inside the aerosol can rattled around as the […]

Dr. Ellen Ochoa floating upside down on the Shuttle

Encouraging STEM Education in Underrepresented Groups: An Interview with Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Sunday September 15th
Megan Lothamer

By Brenda Galan, former teen intern in the Collections Department through the Smithsonian’s Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program. In her spare time, you can find her writing poetry, watching food and travel shows on Netflix, cooking, and trying to learn a new language on Duolingo! Header Image: Dr. Ellen Ochoa floating upside down on the […]

Chicago's Black Women in Steam Blog Series | Dr. Cacey Stevens Bester

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Series: Meet Cacey

Wednesday September 11th
Bianca Anderson

“Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM” is a series on The Adler ’Scope that highlights the awesome women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields here in our own community. Meet women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests and learn their unique stories. Dr. Cacey Stevens BesterAssistant Professor […]

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