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Image taken of Venus by NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Adler Skywatch: February 2022

Thursday January 20th
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Venus by NASA’s Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974 Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The brightest planet in the sky gets even brighter than usual this month, February 2022. The planet Venus reaches its greatest brilliance for the entire year this month. Look for Venus very low in the southeast at the start of morning twilight. […]

Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede

Adler Skywatch: January 2022

Tuesday December 21st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Jupiter and two of its Moons, Io and Ganymede The Earth’s closest point to the Sun for the year and a major meteor shower are highlights for this month, January 2022. Perihelion, or the point in Earth’s orbit when it’s closest to the Sun, occurs at 12:52 am CST the morning of January […]

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

Adler Skywatch: December 2021

Sunday November 28th
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 If skies are clear, we’ll get a chance to see all the planets visible to the unaided eye—and, just maybe, a comet—this month, December 2021. Comet Leonard, discovered in January […]

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

Adler Skywatch: November 2021

Wednesday October 27th
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 Thanks to a lunar eclipse, you can watch the full Moon fade away and reappear within the space of a few hours this month, November 2021. The eclipse occurs in […]

Adler Skywatch: June 2020

Monday June 1st
Karen Donnelly

This year’s summer solstice occurs on the 20th, at 4:44 p.m. Central Daylight Time. On that date the Sun rises just before 5:15 a.m. and doesn’t set until shortly after 8:30 p.m. Between those times, the Sun gets very high in the sky. Keep in mind this takes place in the Northern Hemisphere; those in […]

Adler Skywatch: May 2020

Friday May 1st
Karen Donnelly

What’s better than the near approach of a comet? How about the near approach of two comets? That’s what we’re expecting during the month of May, 2020! Comet C/2019 Y4, also known as Comet ATLAS, was discovered late last December. It will come closest to Earth on May 23rd, at a distance of about 72 […]

The Waxing Gibbous Moon.

Adler Skywatch: April 2020

Wednesday April 1st
Karen Donnelly

Happy April, stargazers! The closest supermoon of the year takes place this month, April 2020. Supermoon is a nickname that describes a Full Moon that occurs within 10% of its closest approach to Earth. Astronomers refer to supermoons as a perigean Full Moon. The April 7th Full Moon is just under 222,000 miles from Earth. […]

In March, we gain 3 minutes of daylight every day

Adler Skywatch: March 2020

Sunday March 1st
Karen Donnelly

The three naked-eye-visible planets outside Earth’s orbit will appear less than 20 degrees apart in the sky this month, March 2020. The planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be seen low in the southeast just as morning-twilight begins to lighten the sky. Jupiter is the brightest of the three, and it serves as a guidepost […]

Adler Skywatch February 2020

Adler Skywatch: February 2020

Saturday February 1st
Karen Donnelly

This month will be a little longer than usual, but still shorter than most months of the calendar — because it’s February 2020. This year is a Leap Year, when the short month of February has 29 days instead of the usual 28. Earth’s actual orbit around the Sun takes about one-quarter of a day […]

Adler Skywatch: January 2020

Wednesday January 1st
Karen Donnelly

Happy New Year! Though you likely won’t be able to tell the difference, Earth is at its closest to the Sun for the year this month, January 2020. Perihelion, the point in Earth’s annual orbit where it’s closest to the Sun, occurs each year in early January. This year, perihelion occurs at 1:48 a.m. Chicago time on […]

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