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Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM: Meet Andrea

Tuesday January 7th
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. Andrea Bryant Physics Graduate Student […]

Adler Skywatch: January 2020

Wednesday January 1st
Karen Donnelly

Happy New Year! Though you likely won’t be able to tell the difference, Earth is at its closest to the Sun for the year this month, January 2020. Perihelion, the point in Earth’s annual orbit where it’s closest to the Sun, occurs each year in early January. This year, perihelion occurs at 1:48 a.m. Chicago time on […]

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

10 Astronomical Discoveries and Historic Space Events to Close Out the Decade

Tuesday December 31st
Colleen Cesaretti

Header Image: Total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017. Image Credit: NASA Out with the old and in with the new decade! As 2019 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on monumental astronomical discoveries and historic space events that happened over the last 10 years. We asked our stellar staff members to tell […]

This is an image of the Pleiades star cluster. You can see in this image faint clouds of bluish nebulae and dozens of bright stars scattered in the distance.

AstroFan: The Interstellar Medium and Nebulae

Saturday December 28th
Bianca Anderson

Image Caption: An example of nebulae (and the interstellar medium) can be found in this picture of the Pleiades, an open cluster consisting of approximately 3,000 stars at a distance of 400 light-years (120 parsecs) from Earth in the constellation of Taurus. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, AURA/Caltech, Palomar Observatory Even the most novice of stargazers are […]

Jess Ray | Adler Staff Star

Adler Staff Star: Meet Jess!

Friday December 20th

Jess Ray Decision Support Analyst What do you enjoy most about working at the Adler? Getting to partner with colleagues that have such diverse expertise to help them understand and use their data. Numbers can be scary to some people, but together we demystify the dataset and find the story hidden within. What is something […]

Chicago's Black Women in STEAM Blog Series | Brittany Towers

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM: Meet Brittany

Wednesday December 18th
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. Brittany Towers Senior Scientist at […]

The Far Horizons display in the Chicago's Night Sky exhibit.

What Goes Up…

Thursday December 12th
Ken Walczak

Header Image: The Adler Planetarium’s new exhibit, Chicago’s Night Sky, features a Far Horizons high altitude balloon and an image of the city of Chicago at night from above. When was the last time you took the time to notice your night sky? If you live in or near the City of Chicago—or any large […]

Guests dressed up in costume at Adler After Dark: Go Boldy in 2016.

Does The Multiverse Exist?

Thursday December 12th
Megan Lothamer

Header Image: Guests dressed up in costume at Adler After Dark: Go Boldy in 2016. If you’re even a little bit into sci-fi, then there’s a good chance you’ve watched, read, or consumed SOMETHING that references multiverses. In fact, multiverse theory has gained popularity as of late. From Marvel comics to Doctor Who to Rick and […]

Woman examines a collection's object behind glass in the Chicago's Night Sky exhibition.

See You Another Time (Or Somewhere Else)!

Monday December 9th
Pedro Raposo

Header Image: Woman looking at a few of the astronomical objects from our collection located in the Adler Planetarium’s new exhibit, Chicago’s Night Sky. One of the most exciting—and at the same time most difficult — parts of an exhibition project is to decide which collections items will be put on display. The Adler team […]

An artist’s illustration of Kepler-452b.

Exoplanets: Sci-Fi vs. Fact

Thursday December 5th
Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D.

Header Image: An artist’s illustration of Kepler-452b. Image Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle I was an undergraduate physics major at Cornell University, with my eye on a career in astronomy, when I saw the original Star Wars movie following its release in 1977. A rather famous astronomer and science popularizer named Carl Sagan, was a professor at Cornell at the […]

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