Space Visualization Lab

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 SVL 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 SVL, visitors can experience new interactive and immersive visualizations, and attend presentations by astronomers and related researchers featuring these visualizations.

Visit The SVL

Astronomy Conversations
Weekdays: 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Weekends: 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
*7:00 pm–10:00 pm during Adler After Dark

These informal presentations are hosted by Adler’s Astronomy and visualization staff as well as researchers from local universities and laboratories. This is your opportunity to ask an expert about the latest space news or hear about the cutting edge research taking place here in Chicago. On Saturdays, Astronomy Conversations is hosted by researchers from the University of Chicago’s Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics (KICP) who provide first-hand accounts of their work taking place at the South Pole, deep mines, and distant mountain peaks in Chile.

Featured SVL Projects

Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series

In partnership with The Kavli Foundation these lectures fully utilize the visualization capabilities of the Grainger Sky Theater. Innovative ‘domecasting’ technology allows us to live simulcast the lectures to other planetariums around the world.

Learn more about the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series

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.


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