Space Visualization Lab

Talk to astronomers about cutting-edge research and experience awe-inspiring visualizations!

In this working laboratory, scientists, technology experts, artists, and educators work together to create new ways for people to virtually explore the universe. Since its inauguration in 2007, the Space Visualization Lab has brought cutting-edge research from scientists in the most prominent institutions around the country, as well as immersive and interactive technologies to the museum floor. In the Space Visualization Lab, visitors can experience new interactive and immersive visualizations and attend presentations by astronomers and related researchers featuring these visualizations.

Astronomy Conversations

As the featured program inside the SVL, Astronomy Conversations hosts Adler researchers and visiting scientists to engage museum guests about their research, complemented by SVL visuals, but lets the museum guests steer the conversation towards any astronomical topic they are interested in.

Having practicing scientists interact with museum guests in this space helps to disseminate cutting-edge astronomical research while adding a crucial human element to scientific research and making space science more accessible.

  • Hours: Open Wednesdays 6:00 pm–8:00 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
  • Located on the Lower Level in between the entrances to the Community Stargazers Hub, and Telescopes: Through The Looking Glass exhibitions
  • Perfect for museum guests of all ages

July 2024 Adler Researchers And Visiting Scientists In The SVL

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Ryn Grutkoski (University of Chicago): Theoretical Cosmology
Dr. Candice Stauffer (Industry): Computational Astrophysics, Machine Learning, Transients

Thursday, July 18, 2024
Dr. Geza Gyuk (Adler Planetarium): Asteroids, High-energy and Gamma-ray Astronomy
Dr. Michael Zevin (Adler Planetarium): Gravitational Waves, Compact Objects, Stellar Evolution, General Astronomy

Saturday, July 20, 2024
Nathalie Korhonen Cuestas (Northwestern University): Galaxy Evolution
Dr. Ariadna Murguia Berthier (Northwestern University): Accretion, Compact Objects

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Andrew Marszewski (Northwestern University): Extragalactic Astrophysics
Imran Sultan (Northwestern University): Galaxy Formation, Cosmology

Thursday, July 25, 2024
Dr. Geza Gyuk (Adler Planetarium): Asteroids, High-energy and Gamma-ray Astronomy
Ken Walczak (Adler Planetarium): Light Pollution, High-altitude Ballooning

Saturday, July 27, 2024
Elizabeth Teng (Northwestern University): Binary Stellar Evolution, Machine Learning
Dr. Candice Stauffer (Industry): Computational Astrophysics, Machine Learning, Transients

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Dr. Rafael Luque (University of Chicago): Exoplanets, Planetary Climate, Habitability
Emily Simon (University of Chicago): Supernovae, Particle Physics

*Thursday sessions will run through the end of August

Worldwide Telescope

Worldwide Telescope (WWT) is an open-source visualization software package that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope. Adler SVL staff have contributed to the content and development of WWT. Worldwide Telescope was used to create the Adler’s former sky show, Cosmic Wonder, and it powers several exhibits throughout the museum.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Astronomy Conversations is presented by Travel Nevada.


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