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Tag: night sky

Star Story being projected onto a wall.

DIY At Home: Star Stories

Monday December 7th
Megan Lothamer

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

Meet Nick, host of Skywatch Weekly

Behind The Scenes With The Host Of Skywatch Weekly

Monday November 16th
Megan Lothamer

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.

Looking through a telescope at the Adler Planetarium.

Choosing A Telescope

Tuesday August 11th
Megan Lothamer

Header Image: Looking through a telescope at the Adler Planetarium. One question we often get at the Adler is: “I’m a beginner. What’s the best telescope for me?”  The really short answer is, “The best telescope for you is the one you will actually use!” But the long answer can get more complex. So before […]

Adler telescope volunteer helps man and his child find stars and planets in the night sky through a telescope.

How To Identify Planets in the Night Sky

Monday January 13th
Megan Lothamer

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered if a particularly bright star was actually a planet? It can be tricky business, but with some helpful tools to equip you, you’ll be identifying planets in no time! Follow this guide to figure out if what you’re looking at is a planet or […]

How to spot the International Space Station

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 […]

The Big Dipper in the Night Sky

Discover: The Big Dipper

Wednesday June 26th
Megan Lothamer

It’s night and you’re looking up into the night sky. What’s the first constellation you see? If you thought to yourself “the Big Dipper,” you’re not alone! In Western culture, it’s often one of the first things we learn to recognize in the night sky as children. For many people in the United States, this […]

An observer looks up at the night sky through an Adler telescope.

Adler Skywatch: May 2019

Wednesday May 1st
Karen Donnelly

Though the Sun sets later and later each evening this month, there are still plenty of fine night-sky sights in May 2019. After sunset, look about 25 degrees above the west-northwest horizon to see the planet Mars. It’s dimmer than first magnitude in brightness, but it’s still bright enough—and colorful enough—to be easily spotted. The […]

Far Horizons flight 118

Mission NiteLite: Rescuing the Night Sky

Thursday April 25th
Ken Walczak

Header Photo: Overhead image of Kankakee/Bradley, IL from Far Horizons high-altitude balloon test flight 118 on April 29, 2018. The image was shot from 24.5 kilometers up into the stratosphere. This flight was the first successful NiteLite test flight, proving that mapping light pollution in Chicago would be a possibility. Since the dawn of humanity, […]

Doane Observatory at Adler Planetarium

Doane Observatory: A Road to Recovery

Tuesday April 9th
Megan Lothamer

The Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory has had a bumpy right over the last 12 months. But it’s finally back in working condition. Learn about its journey to recovery!

Adler Skywatch: April 2019

Monday April 1st
Karen Donnelly

Though Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, some of the night sky’s brightest stars—usually associated with wintertime—can still be seen this month, April 2019. Look to the southwest during evening twilight, to see a rhombus-shaped pattern of bright stars—like a long, thin, horizontally-stretched-out square in the sky. The top point of the rhombus is […]

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