Tour The Night Sky With Us
Skywatch Wednesday is a YouTube video series with the Adler Planetarium’s Theaters Manager Nick, who uses cutting edge visualizations, NASA images, and astrophotography to show you what you can see in the night sky throughout the year.
Episodes are released on select Wednesdays, and highlight celestial objects like planets or constellations you’ll be able to spot on your own at home. Viewers will also learn how to see comets, eclipses, conjunctions, and other celestial phenomena depending on what’s up in the night sky!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Not necessarily! Our host, Nick, will always let you know what equipment you need in order to view objects in the night sky during the episode. Sometimes you may need a telescope or binoculars, but often you can see objects with the naked eye!
Each Skywatch Wednesday is unique. Our goal is to cover topics relevant to the week of the episode airing so that you can go out and explore the night sky after watching. Sometimes we’ll talk about constellations and asterisms that are especially easy to see during a given time period, a planet that is making a close approach to Earth, an especially stunning phase of the Moon, or seasonal meteor showers. We’ll also cover timely topics, like how to view comet c/2022 (ZTF) or the “planet parade.”
If you have questions about an episode topic, you have a few choices. First, you can leave us a comment in the YouTube comments section and we will do our best to respond. Second, you can email our astronomy experts at firstname.lastname@example.org. By emailing us, you can expect a response usually within a week’s time. We ask for your patience and understanding if high volumes of emails make response times longer.
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