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The penumbral lunar eclipse as seen in Sun Valley, Idaho, on November 30, 2020. Image credit: Nils Ribi via Earthsky.org, edited by the Adler Planetarium.

Adler Skywatch: March 2024

Wednesday February 21st
Karen Donnelly

Adler Skywatch: What’s in the sky throughout March, 2024? Learn about the spring equinox, the penumbral lunar eclipse, and what planets you can see in March.

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.

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
Karen Donnelly

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

A composite of eleven pictures showing the progression of a total solar eclipse.

Adler Skywatch: April 2023

Thursday March 23rd
Karen Donnelly

Header image: A composite of eleven pictures showing the progression of a total solar eclipse. [ Image credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani), edited by the Adler Planetarium ] An entire day is dedicated to celebrating the planet we know best this month, April 2023. Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22; and while you’re at […]

Astrophotography picture of the Moon

Adler Skywatch: July 2022

Friday June 24th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Astrophotography picture of the Moon. Image Credit: Nick Lake Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus are gathering again during the dark hours of early mornings, and another supermoon occurs this month, July 2022. Here’s your stargazing guide to help you look up all throughout the month! When And Where To Spot These Five Planets […]

The full Moon and the Willis Tower

Adler Skywatch: June 2022

Friday May 27th
Karen Donnelly

All of the planets visible to the naked eye — and some that aren’t visible —are in or near the same quadrant of the pre-dawn sky this month, June 2022. The first planet up is Saturn, which rises in the east-southeast shortly after midnight Central Daylight time through June 14, and shortly before midnight June […]

The Moon surface as seen via the Adler's Doane Observatory in April 2017.

Adler Skywatch: July 2021

Saturday June 26th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The Moon surface as seen via the Adler’s Doane Observatory in April 2017. It may be the warmest time of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, but the Earth actually is at its furthest point away from the Sun this month, July 2021. Aphelion—the annual point in Earth’s orbit when it’s furthest from […]

Total lunar eclipse seen in the United States on April 15th, 2014 in San Jose, California.

Adler Skywatch: May 2021

Thursday April 22nd
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Total lunar eclipse seen in the United States on April 15th, 2014 in San Jose, California. Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day A good chance to glimpse a hard-to-see planet, a lunar eclipse during Moonset, and the closest Supermoon of the year occur this month, May 2021. Planets To Spot This May […]

The Sun sets during Chicagohenge as a CTA train in Chicago, Illinois travels towards it. Image Credit: @cdats

Adler Skywatch: March 2021

Thursday February 25th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Chicagohenge Image Credit: @cdats It’s the month named for the god of war, Mars; and the planet Mars is a great focus for the month of March 2021. Last month, NASA’s Perseverance Rover successfully landed on the planet Mars. It joined the still-operating Curiosity Rover already on the Martian surface. Perseverance allows NASA […]

Mars can be seen here during its opposition in October 2020. Image Credit: Astrophotographer Nick Lake

Adler Skywatch: February 2021

Thursday January 28th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Mars can be seen here during its opposition in October 2020. Image Credit: Astrophotographer Nick Lake Is that bright “star” in the sky really a star, or could it be a planet?  There’s plenty of both to look for this month, February 2021! Shortly after sunset, look high in the south-southwest skies to […]

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