The Aquarius Project

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Adler Teams Up With Museum Campus Partners and NASA to Hunt for Sunken Meteorite

On Monday, February 6, 2017, at approximately 1:30 am CST, a 600-pound meteorite streaked through the Midwest sky and landed in Lake Michigan, around 10 miles off the coast of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Later that day, Adler astronomers began an email conversation regarding the news, including the possibility of retrieving fragments of the meteorite at the bottom of the lake using a robotic device.

While seemingly far-fetched, the thought sparked the interest of Chris Bresky, Adler’s Teen Programs Specialist, who couldn’t shake the idea. Could something like this really work? The possibility was too good to pass up.

About The Project

The Aquarius Project is a teen-driven underwater ROV meteorite hunt led by scientists from the Adler Planetarium’s Far Horizons program, and experts from the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, and NASA.

Open Explorer

Follow the journey with Adler teens as they blog about their experiences participating in The Aquarius Project on Open Explorer, a digital field journal.


When a meteor crashes in your backyard, you pick it up. When your backyard is a 22,000-square-mile Great Lake, you call your friends and improvise… follow along with us as the story unfolds!

Online Interactive

Curious how scientists tracked the path of the infamous Aquarius Project meteorite into Lake Michigan? Now you, too, can track the asteroid’s final orbit before entering Earth’s atmosphere! Using your mouse or touch device, fly around our Solar System, watch objects move over time, and see just how this wild and crazy journey called The Aquarius Project first began!


2018 Chicago Innovation Award Winner | The Aquarius Project