Sky Observers Hangout
Learn how to observe upcoming cosmic happenings, enhance your astrophotography skills and see celestial objects through a telescope virtually with our astronomy educators.
When you look up at the sky, what do you see? In our YouTube live series, Sky Observers Hangout, our Director of Public Observing Michelle Nichols and Astronomy Educator Hunter Miller talk about what it means to observe something in the sky—and shows viewers how to do it themselves!
Participants will learn how to use everyday objects to observe the Sun, the Moon and other celestial objects, try their hand at skills such as nighttime sky photography, see whatever is visible in the sky over their neighborhoods, and find out how to use what they’ve learned to view upcoming cosmic happenings.
Sky Observers Hangout: Partial Solar Eclipse October 2023
October 14 at 10:15 am CDT
Solar eclipses involve a special line-up of the Sun, the Moon, and YOU!
Join us on October 14 to celebrate and observe the partial solar eclipse! Our astronomy educators will also guide you through how this celestial alignment occurs, what makes this an annular eclipse, and offer some tips on how you can view the eclipse as it happens!
Weather permitting, we’ll show you a live view of the eclipse as seen in Chicago through our solar telescope.
Learn From Our Astronomy Educators
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Frequently Asked Questions
No tickets or reservations are required to attend Sky Observers Hangout—it’s free and open to everyone. All you need is an internet connection and access to YouTube!
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Yes! If you are watching us when we’re live on YouTube, send us a message in the chat window. We can see your questions as they scroll by, and we’ll attempt to answer as many of them as we can during the show.
We will try to answer as many questions as we can during the show, but if the volume of messages and questions is too high, we may not be able to get to everyone’s question or comment.
If we didn’t answer your question, you can always message us after the show and we’d be happy to respond after the program. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a message via social media using the hashtag #LookUp and let us know which show name and air date you are asking about. Depending on the volume of messages, it may take us a few days to respond with an answer.
This blog, Adler Sky Observing: Where To Go, is a great reference for potential sky observing locations near Chicago, State Parks, the Illinois Dark Sky Park, and more!
Note: the information listed in this blog is subject to change without prior notice, so check with relevant local authorities regarding any required fees, overnight use, availability, etc. Practice safe sky observing at all times. Beware of any ground obstructions or other hazards in any location. Follow all national, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Stay off of private property unless you have the property owner’s expressed permission. The Adler Planetarium assumes no responsibility or liability for any injuries or damage sustained during any activities at any of these locations or events.
Short answer: stars (usually) twinkle and planets (usually) don’t. The EarthSky website has a great page explaining the details of this phenomenon.
Thanks To Our Sponsors
The Adler Planetarium is grateful to the Founding Donor of our public observing programs, The Petrovich Family.
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