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Tag: Skywatch

Graphic representation of the Leonid meteor shower with the constellation Leo.

Adler Skywatch: November 2019

Friday November 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Graphic representation of the Leonid meteor shower with the constellation Leo. Evenings in the Chicago area are getting dark quite early this month, November 2019. Because Daylight Saving Time ended on the 3rd, the Sun now sets before 5:00 p.m. local time. It won’t be setting after 5:00 p.m. until late January. Shortly […]

Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet. Credit: NASA/JPL

Adler Skywatch: October 2019

Tuesday October 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet. Credit: NASA/JPL The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer this month, October 2019. But the longer nights mean more night-sky objects to observe. During evening twilight this […]

Adler Skywatch: September 2019

Tuesday September 3rd
Karen Donnelly

Learn about what’s in the sky for the month of September 2019 from the Chicago area.

The Perseid meteor shower is well known because it’s a major annual shower that occurs during warm weather in the northern hemisphere. The Perseids usually peak around the night of the 12th and the early-morning darkness of the 13th.

Adler Skywatch: August 2019

Friday August 2nd
Karen Donnelly

One of the year’s most popular meteor showers regularly peaks this month, August 2019. Unfortunately, this year’s shower may be only a wash.  The Perseid meteor shower is well known because it’s a major annual shower that occurs during warm weather in the northern hemisphere. The Perseids usually peak around the night of the 12th […]

The Moon surface as seen via the Adler's Doane Observatory in April 2017.

Adler Skywatch: July 2019

Monday July 1st
Karen Donnelly

Header Image: Moon surface taken by the Adler’s Doane Observatory on April 7, 2017. The nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission this month, July 2019. It was 50 years ago on July 20 when humans first set foot on Earth’s natural satellite. It’s a big month for the Moon astronomically as well. 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 […]

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 […]

Mapping the Cretaceous Sky in SUE’s New Exhibit

Monday March 25th
Nick Lake

When Chicago icon SUE the T. rex had a new exhibit designed, our very own Nick Lake used his expertise and Adler’s technology to map what a Cretaceous sky might have looked like in SUE’s time. Don’t expect to see the Big Dipper – SUE’s night sky would look very different than ours today. How […]

Michelle Nichols - Telescope

Adler Skywatch: March 2019

Friday March 1st
Karen Donnelly

Get ready to move your clocks ahead an hour and to welcome the season of Spring this month—March 2019. Daylight Saving Time starts this year on the 10th at 2:00 a.m. local time. Move your clocks ahead one hour on this date. We’ll get that hour back on November 3, when Daylight Saving Time ends […]

Man observes the night sky through a telescope in a back yard.

Adler Skywatch: February 2019

Saturday February 2nd
Karen Donnelly

The closest “Supermoon,” of the year and glimpses of all the naked-eye-visible planets can be expected during February 2019. About an hour after sunset, the planet Mars is about halfway up in the sky, between the zenith and the southwest horizon. It’s not as bright as some of the wintertime evening stars to its east, […]

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