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Tag: observing

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 […]

Snapshot of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower in 2016 from West Virginia. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Adler Skywatch: August 2020

Saturday August 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Hello stargazers! One of the best annual meteor showers of the year occurs this month, August 2020. The Perseid meteor shower is expected […]

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 […]

Ice crystals in the atmosphere bending light around the Sun to form a rainbow.

Keep Looking Up

Monday August 12th
Michelle Larson

If you receive a letter from me, it will likely end with my favorite call-to-action, “Keep Looking Up.” And, while some have interpreted this phrase to have optimism as its intention, I have a much more literal request in mind. Look Up. Yes, you. Right now. I’ll wait… Chances are you noticed something you hadn’t […]

Comet Hyakutake, photo by Michelle Nichols, 26 March 1996, using a Pentax K1000 camera, f2.0, 20 second exposure, taken from the town of West Chicago, IL.

A Holiday Comet?

Wednesday December 12th
Michelle Nichols

Have you ever seen a comet in the night sky? I suspect most of the people reading this haven’t. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of comets in the Solar System—more than 5,000 have been discovered so far and several dozen can be spotted using very large telescopes each year—but because most comets are […]

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