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Tag: Public Observing

Eclipse of the Sun illustration from the Adler Planetarium's collections

Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses Explained

Wednesday April 28th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: Eclipse of the Sun illustration from the Adler Planetarium’s collections There are several topics in astronomy that get lots of people excited: naked-eye visible comets, bright planets, auroras…but eclipses are generally at the top of the observing list for many of us. We love seeing the Sun or Moon look different from how […]

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 Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction happening in December 2020 can be viewed when lookin southwest after local sunset.

The Jupiter And Saturn Great Conjunction Of 2020

Monday December 7th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: The Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction happening in December 2020 can be viewed when lookin southwest after local sunset. In astronomy, we often tie a time period to something. “It’s been 50 years since this one thing happened,” or “it’s been 3 years since we saw this other event in the sky.” Every once in […]

Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede

Adler Skywatch: December 2020

Thursday November 26th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede. Image Credit: NASA/Damian Peach To end this unprecedented year, we’ll all get to celebrate beneath a “Great Conjunction” in December 2020. For the past six months, the brilliant planet Jupiter and the dimmer (but still bright) planet Saturn have appeared several degrees away from […]

The Adler Planetarium with the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn in the background.

Adler Skywatch: November 2020

Monday November 2nd
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The outside of the Adler Planetarium at night with the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn brightly lit in the background. Image Credit: Mike Smail Many of us lost an hour earlier this year, but we get back that hour this month, November 2020! Most of the United States uses Daylight Saving time, which starts […]

An attendee looking through a telescope during a ‘Scopes In The City neighborhood event with the Adler Planetarium.

Stargazing Resources: A Few Good Books

Monday October 26th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: An attendee looking through a telescope during a ‘Scopes In The City neighborhood event with the Adler Planetarium in 2018. Hi there! I’m Michelle Nichols the Director of Public Observing and an astronomy educator at the Adler Planetarium. Are you a sky observing beginner and want some recommendations on how to get started? […]

Astrophotography picture of the Moon

What Is A Blue Moon?

Tuesday October 20th
Michelle Nichols

Header Image: Astrophotography picture of the Moon. Image Credit: Nick Lake What, exactly, is a blue moon, and how rare is it? This question seems like it should have a straightforward answer, but as with all things related to language, it’s complicated. Absurd, Impossible, or Rare? The phrase blue moon has been around for several […]

Up close image of the Moon taken by an Adler Planetarium astronomer in June 2020. Image Credit: Michelle Nichols

Adler Skywatch: October 2020

Wednesday September 30th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Up close image of the Moon taken by an Adler Planetarium astronomer in June 2020. Image Credit: Michelle Nichols The “Red Planet” is at its closest and brightest for the year this month, October 2020. On the 6th, the planet Mars reaches its closest point to Earth for the next 15 years. In […]

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

Adler Skywatch: September 2020

Tuesday September 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: The Sun sets during Chicagohenge as a CTA train in Chicago, Illinois travels towards it. Image Credit: @cdats It’s a great month for planet viewing and observing the Earth-and-sky occurrence known as “Chicagohenge”, in September 2020. Start your planet viewing during evening twilight by looking low in the southern skies to see the […]

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 […]

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