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Header Image: Planetarium guests attend a sky show with the Zeiss Mk II projector at the Adler c. 1955. Image Credit: The Adler Planetarium Archives

The Adler Planetarium’s Original 1930 Zeiss Projector

Saturday September 26th
Pedro Raposo

Header Image: Planetarium guests attend a sky show with the Zeiss Mk II projector at the Adler c. 1955. Image Credit: The Adler Planetarium Archives When the Adler Planetarium opened in 1930 as America’s first planetarium, the centerpiece was a star projector made by the Carl Zeiss company of Germany, the Zeiss “Mark II”. This […]

Adler Planetarium exterior with sundial

Celebrating 90 Years

Tuesday March 10th
Megan Lothamer

The Adler Planetarium first opened its doors to the public on May 12, 1930. This year, we’re celebrating 90 years of looking up on Chicago’s lakeshore. Over the decades, we have witnessed the dawn of human spaceflight, watched humankind fly to the Moon and back, launched experiments into space, helped millions of people connect with […]

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!

Inside Armillary Sphere

The Magic Behind Planetarium Domes

Wednesday December 5th
Nick Lake

Hi, I’m Nick Lake, Presentation Leader & Theater Technician here at the Adler Planetarium. Today, I’d like to talk about our planetarium theaters, specifically the domes, and how we use planetarium software to transport viewers to new worlds. For me, the most exciting thing about planetarium domes is the ability to make the audience feel […]

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