The Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium America's First Planetarium The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together.
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Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. Founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler, the Adler Planetarium is a recognized leader in public engagement; the museum's scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to come explore space with us.

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08/14/2020
Stories From The YOUniverse | Episode 6: Spencer Gore

“There’s this feeling of, you actually can do this. NASA stops being this mythical organization that’s just performing magic to send satellites up and becomes a real career path for you.” 🚀

When former Adler Teens intern Spencer Gore was 15, he met an Adler astronomer on a school field trip. 🎒🎈 Now he’s the CEO of a company that could clean up our planet and change the way we fly. 🎧 Listen to Episode 6: Stories From The YOUniverse! #Adler90th

08/14/2020
👀 Keep Your Eyes Peeled | Help Adler Zooniverse Find Objects At The Edge Of Our Solar System

👀 Keep your eyes peeled! What do you see? WAIT! Did you see that point of light move?? 😲

It's hard work finding a planet, but the Adler Zooniverse project—Backyard Worlds: Planet 9—is putting your eyes to the test searching for new objects at the edges of our solar system. 👏 Help us search for brown dwarfs, low-mass stars, and maybe, with a little patience, you'll discover the hypothesized Planet Nine. 🪐

Don't rewatch your favorite TV show this weekend. Instead search for Planet Nine: bit.ly/2wtOFhH

You’re invited! ✨ This year, our biggest annual fundraiser is going totally digital! 💛 Join us on September 12 as we cel...
08/14/2020

You’re invited! ✨ This year, our biggest annual fundraiser is going totally digital! 💛 Join us on September 12 as we celebrate the last 90 years of space science at the planetarium with a donation or registration to #AdlerCBall: bit.ly/3ivNzJ8

08/12/2020
Adler Astronomy Live Replay: Exoplanets

Adler Astronomy Live HAS IT ALL! 👏 Our new series features diverse voices in STEM, eye-popping space visualizations, cutting edge research and more! The next episode—airing on 8/13 at 12pm CT—will show you what it takes to map a billion stars 🤯⭐️🔭. While you watch for the show to start on our YouTube channel tomorrow, watch this snippet from the episode about exoplanets 🌎...

🎥 Watch Adler Astronomy Live biweekly on Thursdays: youtu.be/dHy_-23Qb5g

Did you know our friend the Red Planet is gearing up for its closest approach this year in early October? 🔴 Now is a gre...
08/12/2020

Did you know our friend the Red Planet is gearing up for its closest approach this year in early October? 🔴 Now is a great time to get oriented with where it is in the sky and what it looks like! 👀 Start tracking Mars by watching this week's Skywatch Weekly episode: youtu.be/01xLxLoQHT8

🔭 76 years after its discovery by Clyde W. Tombaugh, Pluto was officially reclassified as a dwarf planet because of othe...
08/12/2020

🔭 76 years after its discovery by Clyde W. Tombaugh, Pluto was officially reclassified as a dwarf planet because of other similarly sized celestial objects found in the Kuiper belt. Even though Pluto is not our solar system's ninth planet, mathematical modeling from the known orbits of Kuiper belt objects suggests another planet might be out there somewhere, far past Pluto and its beating nitrogen-ice heart...🤯

#MuseumMomentOfZen [ 📷: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI ]

Hey there, savvy space tourist! 👋🧳 This summer with Adler Space Tours you've seen a lot by rocketing around the universe...
08/10/2020

Hey there, savvy space tourist! 👋🧳 This summer with Adler Space Tours you've seen a lot by rocketing around the universe with us! 🚀 But there’s one thing you definitely haven’t seen yet. Nobody has. It’s a planet—probably—on the outskirts of our very own solar system. No, it’s not Pluto. This week’s destination is a very large theoretical object scientists are calling Planet Nine, and if you can find it, you can go there before the crowds start to gather. 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♂️ Learn more about this week's destination and grab your itinerary: bit.ly/3gHSdTd

🔭 The Gaia telescope set out in 2013 to create a 3D model of our Milky Way galaxy. 😲 How does one create this model?! By...
08/10/2020

🔭 The Gaia telescope set out in 2013 to create a 3D model of our Milky Way galaxy. 😲 How does one create this model?! By mapping billions of stars. 🌟 Join us for Adler Astronomy Live this week as we review the latest results from the ESA mission 🌌: youtu.be/dHy_-23Qb5g

08/10/2020
When Galaxies Collide and Merge | Adler Planetarium

Over millions and millions of years—with a little help from gravity—galaxies are pulled together and collide. 💥 The outcome of these collisions relies heavily on each galaxies' mass, density and speed! Watch this space visualization to see what happens when two galaxies merge together. 😲 Pretty cool, right?

Look, a shooting star! 🌟 Spot a meteor—or several dozen—during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower! 👀 To see meteors, #Loo...
08/08/2020

Look, a shooting star! 🌟 Spot a meteor—or several dozen—during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower! 👀 To see meteors, #LookUp to the northeast near the constellation Perseus after midnight on August 12th (the day the shower peaks). 👍 You will see the most meteors with the naked eye under a dark sky far from light pollution.

📸 Share photos of this stargazing event by tagging: @AdlerPlanet + #meteorshower!

Close your eyes. Imagine you're a galaxy. 👀 Mass, density and speed all play a part in determining the type of galaxy yo...
08/08/2020
Social Distancing For Galaxies | Adler Planetarium

Close your eyes. Imagine you're a galaxy. 👀

Mass, density and speed all play a part in determining the type of galaxy you would become after a galactic collision. 💥 So, what happens when galaxies get too close? Let's find out: bit.ly/3km6pnz

Imagine you’re a galaxy. What happens when you get too close? Mass, density and speed determine what type of galaxy you become after a galactic collision.

⭐️ Join us in celebrating Latinx individuals in space science in our latest online exhibit, Raíces Bajo Las Estrellas: R...
08/07/2020

⭐️ Join us in celebrating Latinx individuals in space science in our latest online exhibit, Raíces Bajo Las Estrellas: Rooted Under the Stars! 🌌 Together, we will learn through their inspiring stories and audio narration from our Adler Teens.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT ⬇️
The Adler Planetarium partners with Latinx astronomers, astrophysicists, astrophotographers, and scientists to demonstrate the amazing contributions of Latinx individuals to these fields, show barriers to be overcome in a field entrenched in racial biases, and provide advice and inspiration to future generations of the Latinx community: bit.ly/2DlbOL9
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Adler Planetarium se ha unido con astronautas, astrofísicos, astrofotógrafos, y científicos Latinx actuales para demostrar las increíbles contribuciónes de individuos Latinx en estos campos, para enseñar como romper las barreras en un campo lleno de prejuicios raciales, y también para proporcionar concejos e inspiración a las generaciones futuras de la comunidad de Latinas y Latinos: bit.ly/30AgLZ2

Can you classify this galaxy?! 👀 For more than a decade, the Adler Zooniverse has asked volunteers to classify thousands...
08/07/2020

Can you classify this galaxy?! 👀 For more than a decade, the Adler Zooniverse has asked volunteers to classify thousands of galaxies so we can learn more about our wondrous universe. 🌌

💻 Visit bit.ly/2NOaVwc and click the "Enhanced" button to see images from DECaLS we most need your help with!

Our spiral galaxy is an inspiration to many, including artist Frederick J. Brown! 🎨 His galactic masterpiece, "Milky Way...
08/06/2020

Our spiral galaxy is an inspiration to many, including artist Frederick J. Brown! 🎨 His galactic masterpiece, "Milky Way," will be featured in our next Adler Astronomy Live episode as we talk about the Gaia telescope and how instrumental it has been in mapping billions of stars held within our galaxy! 🔭

🗓 Set your reminder to tune in on 08/13 at 12 pm CT: https://youtu.be/dHy_-23Qb5g

Spotted this beauty through a 'scope! 🔭 This spiral galaxy is none other than NGC 4565! Located close to our Milky Way (...
08/06/2020

Spotted this beauty through a 'scope! 🔭 This spiral galaxy is none other than NGC 4565! Located close to our Milky Way (oh you know, about 40 million light-years or so 😉) it's known as the Needle Galaxy because it appears so thin to us. We see it only from its side, edge-on!
[ 📷 : Bill Chiu ]

☄️ Meteors showers happen when Earth's orbit moves into the path of debris clouds from comets! 😲 Comet Swift-Tuttle caus...
08/05/2020

☄️ Meteors showers happen when Earth's orbit moves into the path of debris clouds from comets! 😲 Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the annual Perseid meteor shower that will be peaking August 12 at 1am. 👀 Join Nick in this week's episode of Skywatch Weekly to learn everything you ever want to know—and probably more!—about dazzling meteor showers. 👉 youtu.be/hXPfISQAlGo

🌌 Can you list the four main types of galaxies?Say them with us: spiral, elliptical, irregular, and peculiar! 👏 Read abo...
08/04/2020
AstroFan: Galaxy Types! | Adler Planetarium

🌌 Can you list the four main types of galaxies?

Say them with us: spiral, elliptical, irregular, and peculiar! 👏 Read about the differences between the four and tell us which galaxy type you think is absolutely stellar: bit.ly/2NUzUOL

Scientists have been able to segment galaxies into 4 main types: spiral, elliptical, peculiar, and irregular. Read on to learn more.

Ready for an adventure of galactic proportions?! 🎒 Get your virtual bags packed. This week, Adler Space Tours is bringin...
08/04/2020

Ready for an adventure of galactic proportions?! 🎒 Get your virtual bags packed. This week, Adler Space Tours is bringing you closer to trillions of galaxies far far away...🚀 These four galaxies—all snapped by the Hubble telescope—are millions of light years away from us and each other. Which one is your favorite? 💫

#MuseumMomentOfZen [ 📷: ESA/Hubble & NASA ]

🌕  Swimming through the night sky, the Sturgeon Full Moon rises at sunset! 🐟  This bright Full Moon is named after the p...
08/03/2020

🌕 Swimming through the night sky, the Sturgeon Full Moon rises at sunset! 🐟
This bright Full Moon is named after the plentiful freshwater fish in the Great Lakes. 🌊 If skies are clear 🤞 snap a picture of our rocky celestial neighbor and share it with us! 💛 #LookUp

👩‍🚀👨‍🚀 Traveling through our solar system exhibit, Captain Adler is ready to explore! 💫 Mars has had several rovers map ...
08/02/2020

👩‍🚀👨‍🚀 Traveling through our solar system exhibit, Captain Adler is ready to explore! 💫 Mars has had several rovers map and gather data on its iron-rich rock surface for years. These NASA rovers—Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and soon Perseverance—help us understand the past of this Red Planet. 🔴 Where should The #Flatstronaut go next at the Adler? 🚀 Let us know in the comments.👇

Happy August, stargazers! 🤩 Watch meteors streaking across the night sky during this month’s annual Perseid meteor showe...
08/01/2020
Adler Skywatch: August 2020 | Adler Planetarium

Happy August, stargazers! 🤩 Watch meteors streaking across the night sky during this month’s annual Perseid meteor shower. ✨ #LookUp and read which planets will also be bright and visible on The Adler ‘Scope Blog: bit.ly/2Pg4jre

#LookUp

Adler Skywatch: What's in the sky throughout August 2020? View an annual meteor shower with the Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Chart & see several planets.

⛰ Traversing terrain is essential for Mars rovers to get around the Red Planet. What if it was possible for the rovers t...
07/31/2020

⛰ Traversing terrain is essential for Mars rovers to get around the Red Planet. What if it was possible for the rovers to identify dangerous terrain by themselves? 🤔 A team at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory needs your help classifying images of the Martian surface! The information collected will influence rover training data and help create a learning algorithm for future missions! Don't wait to get started on this Adler Zooniverse project 👀: bit.ly/2NLlaRZ

"The human race will always persevere into the future." 🚀  - Alex Mather, the winner of the #Mars2020 "Name The Rover" C...
07/30/2020

"The human race will always persevere into the future." 🚀 - Alex Mather, the winner of the #Mars2020 "Name The Rover" Contest

Say hi to the Red Planet for us, Perseverance! 👋 Earlier today, NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover had a successful and historic launch into the stars! 💫 For the next 7 months, it will travel million of miles (along with the helicopter Ingenuity) to search for signs of ancient life on the planet by collecting rock and soil samples.

#CountdownToMars [ 📷: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration /Joel Kowsky ]

07/29/2020
A Distant World In The TOI-700 Planet System | Adler Planetarium

💧 The habitable zone of an exoplanet is the area around a star where liquid water MIGHT exist. When we find a distant world that lies within this zone, it is truly exciting! 🚀 During the first ever episode of Adler Astronomy Live, we'll hear a special report from the lead researcher who found one of Earth’s newest exoplanet neighbors! 🌎

🗓 #AskAdler Join us on July 30 at 12 pm CT: youtu.be/TuFREPPA2CQ

You'll always hold a special place in our hearts, Comet NEOWISE! ☄️💛[ 📷: Nick Lake ]
07/29/2020

You'll always hold a special place in our hearts, Comet NEOWISE! ☄️💛

[ 📷: Nick Lake ]

07/28/2020
Take a trip to Valles Marineris | Adler Planetarium

Why is Mars a must-see Adler Space Tours destination? 🚀 It is home to the deepest, longest valley in the entire solar system: Valles Marineris! 😱 P.S.: this planet also has the highest mountain. ⛰

#SpaceFact #CountdownToMars

🤳 The selfie game is strong with this rover. The Red Planet is a solar system must-see and the next Adler Space Tours de...
07/28/2020

🤳 The selfie game is strong with this rover. The Red Planet is a solar system must-see and the next Adler Space Tours destination! 🔴 Mars is famous for its bright rust color, while also being home to the highest mountain AND deepest, lowest valley in our solar system. 🤯 Don't forget to watch the historic launch of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover on July 30th. It will spend the next 7 months flying through space and join Curiosity—the rover who has lived on the Martian surface since 2012—in exploring the planet!

#CountdownToMars [ 📷: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration]

🎧 Sound on. Kids have curious questions about space and REACH: A Space Podcast For Kids has answers! 🎙 We're exploring h...
07/27/2020

🎧 Sound on. Kids have curious questions about space and REACH: A Space Podcast For Kids has answers! 🎙 We're exploring how this new podcast got started with guest blogger (and co-creator of REACH) Nate DuFort, who answers questions about the importance of STEAM education and what he finds fascinating about space! 🌌 Read on The Adler 'Scope: bit.ly/30R5nai

07/27/2020

🚀 Our stomp rocket is a GO for launch, just like NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover! 👏 We cannot wait for this week's historic launch to the Red Planet. #CountdownToMars

Also—we think our astronaut's celebratory dance skills deserve a stellar 10/10. Wouldn't you agree? 🥳

🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️ Search for undiscovered planets outside of our solar system! 🛰 TESS—the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite...
07/26/2020

🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️ Search for undiscovered planets outside of our solar system! 🛰 TESS—the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite—launched in 2018 and there are 19K+ new data points in the Adler Zooniverse project that need to be sorted through. 📉 By looking for dips in a star's lightcurve graph we can better understand how these extrasolar systems form and evolve. The results may even bring us closer to answering the question: Are we alone in the universe? Get searching: bit.ly/2Aw0fiO

Hey Star Wars fans—get ready. 🚀 We're exploring the circumbinary exoplanet: Kepler-16b! ☀️ Located about 200 light-years...
07/26/2020

Hey Star Wars fans—get ready. 🚀 We're exploring the circumbinary exoplanet: Kepler-16b! ☀️ Located about 200 light-years away, this exoplanet is about the size of Saturn, cold, gaseous, and has something in common with Luke Skywalker's fictional home planet Tatooine. 👉 Both Kepler-16b and Tatooine orbit TWO stars! 🤯

[ 🎨: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt ]

07/25/2020
How many exoplanets have already been discovered? 🌎 | Adler Planetarium

Are there other worlds out there like Earth? 🌍 NASA missions—like Kepler and TESS—work to find exoplanets spinning around stars throughout our universe. Find out what we know (and don’t) about exoplanets in the 1st episode of our NEW biweekly virtual series: Adler Astronomy Live! 👏 🤩 Who else is excited?!

While we all wait patiently to watch this episode live at noon on July 30th, please enjoy this sneak peek exoplanet space visualization! 😲 Subscribe for updates: youtu.be/TuFREPPA2CQ

👀 What do you see in this image from NASA's WISE mission? Help search for new objects at the edges of our solar system w...
07/24/2020

👀 What do you see in this image from NASA's WISE mission? Help search for new objects at the edges of our solar system with Zooniverse! You may find an object closer than Proxima Centauri (the closest star to the Sun) or even discover the hypothesized Planet Nine. 🌌 Put your eyes to the test in Backyard Worlds: Planet Nine this weekend: bit.ly/2wtOFhH

☄️ Comet OBSESSED! 😍 Over the last few weeks we've been stunned and wowed by the incredible cosmic snapshots of this onc...
07/23/2020

☄️ Comet OBSESSED! 😍 Over the last few weeks we've been stunned and wowed by the incredible cosmic snapshots of this once-in-a-lifetime comet. Today, July 23, Comet NEOWISE is at its closest point to Earth. If skies are clear 🤞 and you're looking up the next few days, check out the tips below for photographing it on your smartphone. 📷 Share with us your photos by tagging: @AdlerPlanet + #CometNEOWISE. Good luck! 🤩

📱 COMET PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
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1. Conditions: For best results, try taking pictures about 45 minutes after your sunset while looking up with clear skies and distance from light pollution.
2. Download an app like Camera+, NightCap, Camera FV-5 to take nighttime imagery. This applies to older iPhones and Android models (iPhone 11 and its Android equivalent may automatically adjust ISO and shutter speed already in the camera app to take night sky imagery). Please note these apps are given as examples only! No endorsement of any specific app is given or assumed. Apps may require a payment for download.
3. Use a tripod!
4. Within the app, manually set your camera to a low ISO (which controls the brightness of an image) and a longer shutter speed. Start with around 1 to 3 seconds, depending on ISO.
5. Set your f-stop (your camera's aperture) to as low as possible, if your app allows.
6. Refer to your specific app for how to focus your camera.
7. Point your camera at where the comet should be in the sky, and gently press the shutter button.
8. Check your picture to see if you got it!

[ 📷: Shane L Larson ]
[ 📷: Galactic Images by John Chumack ]
[ 📷: Nick Lake ]
[ 📷: Bill Chiu ]

⭐️ Stellar News Alert ⭐️ Calling all citizen scientists! Adler Zooniverse is partnering up with NASA - National Aeronaut...
07/22/2020

⭐️ Stellar News Alert ⭐️

Calling all citizen scientists! Adler Zooniverse is partnering up with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration! 🚀 Zooniverse teams at both our planetarium and the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota will work with NASA to continue to develop and maintain the world's largest cutting-edge, people-powered research platform. 🌍👏

There are hundreds of research projects that you can help us complete. 👩‍💻👨‍💻 Open up your computer; let's get started: zooniverse.org

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The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, the Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century. The museum typically hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEAM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, people-powered research, and other outreach efforts. Today, the Adler is bringing our unique approach—scientific exploration rooted in community and connection—to guests from around the world who can enjoy the digital Adler from their own homes, libraries, schools or offices. With the Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way. Keep looking up. We’re looking up with you.

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"Perseid Meteors of 2020 at their peak"
My first Perseid capture of the evening! This one was exactly at 10:00 P.M.! Right past Planet, Jupiter!
This is my second Perseid meteor capture of the evening! And this one was exactly at 12:00 Midnight. Two hours after my first capture this evening. This time right past the Planet, Saturn!
Anyone who has seen the comet? Help!! Iv tried several times. Questions I look 30 minutes after official sundown? Is it more north or more west Does it move? Up , down, west, north? How close to horizon? Any other hints? Thanks everyone 🎈🎈🎈
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Avalon (MY wife of 40 years) and I finally found our location, free of obstacles, to view the spectacular Comet, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) It is easy to spot just below the bright Star Capella in the Northeast a bit before sunrise. Common 7x50 binoculars will provide a fine view of this strange icy visitor from the distant Oort cloud. I encourage you to find this comet in our predawn sky! It is well worth the effort! These photos were taken with a simple camera on tripod, next step is to get a telescope and mount on amazing comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)!!! As seen from Sedona, Arizona.
Looking forward to the Full Moon tonight. Last night's moon was beautiful and got some fuzzy shots of what I believe are Jupiter and Saturn too!
I took these this morning with my S20. It's hard to keep it steady at 100X without a tripod, but it still came out pretty good.
The Adler website states that the plan is to reopen our Planetarium in Illinois phase 5. Phase 5 criteria require reaching herd immunity (>70% recovered and carry antibodies) or developing and administering an effective vaccine to a similar percentage. In practical terms the chance of reaching phase 5 in 2020 is remote. The current percentage of antibody carriers is 10% and barring a catastrophic outbreak may not reach heard levels for a decade. Vaccine development is clearly a full scale effort but expert opinion remains on a timescale of two years or more. Perhaps working out a phase 4 limited opening plan might be considered...
As seen to me just now... New-cycle sunspot AR2765 is crackling with B-class solar flares. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the latest explosion (category B6.4) on June 7th at 21:48 UT: B-class solar flares are considered to be relatively minor. But consider this: A typical B-class solar flare releases as much energy as 100 million WWII atomic bombs. Only on the sun, which is itself a 1027 ton self-contained nuclear explosion, would such a blast be considered "minor." In fact, B-flares can hurl CMEs toward Earth and spark auroras. Probably not this time, though. Initial movies of the explosion suggest that no debris is heading our way. (Spaceweather.com) My photo
Okay this will be my last Planet, Venus for a while. The planet is getting close to the Sun and low on the horizon. I will now turn my attention to the Planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in the predawn sky. May, 19, 2020.