The Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium Located on Chicago's lakeshore, The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! ⭐️ The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere!

Located on Chicago’s lakeshore, 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.

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10/13/2021
Comet Caroline | Adler Planetarium

You should know Caroline Herschel's name! 🔭 Born in March 1750, she is famous for cataloging thousands of nebulae and discovering eight #comets—including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet that has an orbit of 155 years. ☄️ However, she didn't get the recognition she deserved until much later in her life. She’s so cool, we wrote this entire song about her so that nobody ever forgets her name.

Here at the #Adler, we do #telescope observing events all the time. Whether it’s in our Doane Observatory, at a coffee s...
10/13/2021

Here at the #Adler, we do #telescope observing events all the time. Whether it’s in our Doane Observatory, at a coffee shop, or your favorite brewery, we love sharing moments of looking up together! However, it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that public observing through telescopes started to become more accessible to everyone.

🔭 This illustration in our collection is from Henry Mayhew’s “London Labour and the London Poor,” a series of articles for the Morning Chronicle newspaper in the 1800s. Mayhew calls this the “Telescope Exhibitor," a man whose day job is a tailor and in the evenings sets up telescopes in the streets of London for public viewing of astronomical objects like the #Moon, Jupiter and Saturn! We can’t imagine not stargazing together and thankfully, we don’t have to. 💛

Here at the #Adler, we do #telescope observing events all the time. Whether it’s in our Doane Observatory, at a coffee shop, or your favorite brewery, we love sharing moments of looking up together! However, it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that public observing through telescopes started to become more accessible to everyone.

🔭 This illustration in our collection is from Henry Mayhew’s “London Labour and the London Poor,” a series of articles for the Morning Chronicle newspaper in the 1800s. Mayhew calls this the “Telescope Exhibitor," a man whose day job is a tailor and in the evenings sets up telescopes in the streets of London for public viewing of astronomical objects like the #Moon, Jupiter and Saturn! We can’t imagine not stargazing together and thankfully, we don’t have to. 💛

3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! 🚀 On October 11, 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. 👩‍🚀🛰 This r...
10/11/2021

3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! 🚀 On October 11, 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. 👩‍🚀🛰 This revolutionary spaceflight was the first of three shuttle missions she would complete. Dr. Sullivan spent her career making groundbreaking scientific achievements like being part of the Space Shuttle crew STS-31, which deployed the #HubbleSpaceTelescope. Dr. Sullivan went from watching the Apollo 11 landing to joining the adventure herself and becoming an #astronaut, inspiring us all that the sky isn’t the limit, it is only just the beginning! 🌟

[ 📷 : NASA ]

3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! 🚀 On October 11, 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. 👩‍🚀🛰 This revolutionary spaceflight was the first of three shuttle missions she would complete. Dr. Sullivan spent her career making groundbreaking scientific achievements like being part of the Space Shuttle crew STS-31, which deployed the #HubbleSpaceTelescope. Dr. Sullivan went from watching the Apollo 11 landing to joining the adventure herself and becoming an #astronaut, inspiring us all that the sky isn’t the limit, it is only just the beginning! 🌟

[ 📷 : NASA ]

10/09/2021
Stunning Astrophotography

Happy #AstronomyDay, stargazers! 🔭🤩

We can’t stop staring at these stunning #astrophotography images of our universe. Enjoy! ✨

❤️🤩 Your stargazing eyes are sure to see this bright red sparkling star—Antares—tonight! Antares is the heart of the #Sc...
10/08/2021

❤️🤩 Your stargazing eyes are sure to see this bright red sparkling star—Antares—tonight! Antares is the heart of the #Scorpio constellation. When you #LookUp tonight you’ll also be able to see #Venus and a slim Moon, just after sunset!

❤️🤩 Your stargazing eyes are sure to see this bright red sparkling star—Antares—tonight! Antares is the heart of the #Scorpio constellation. When you #LookUp tonight you’ll also be able to see #Venus and a slim Moon, just after sunset!

Give your students the Moon and the stars! 🌠 Designed for #MiddleSchool kids, our 3-D interactive field trip is absolute...
10/07/2021
Virtual Field Trips - Adler Planetarium

Give your students the Moon and the stars! 🌠 Designed for #MiddleSchool kids, our 3-D interactive field trip is absolutely out-of-this-world. 🌎🪐 On this #VirtualFieldTrip your students will be able to ask critical thinking questions, tour the universe like never before, and much more! 🔗: bit.ly/38426Zp

Looking for a pandemic-safe experience that’s more than just a video chat? Too far away to bus your group to the museum? Visit the Adler Planetarium virtually! In our unique virtual environment, your students will travel to our historic building on Chicago’s lakeshore, experience the scale of ou...

Seeing a sky show = the best weekend plans. ✨ October is the last chance to watch a cosmic sky show under our dome theat...
10/06/2021

Seeing a sky show = the best weekend plans. ✨ October is the last chance to watch a cosmic sky show under our dome theater before we fully reopen in March 2022: bit.ly/3zn9zhU

Drop an emoji in the comments for the show you're going to see!

🌙 Imagine The Moon
🔭 Planet Nine
🪐 Destination Solar System
🌃 Skywatch Live

Seeing a sky show = the best weekend plans. ✨ October is the last chance to watch a cosmic sky show under our dome theater before we fully reopen in March 2022: bit.ly/3zn9zhU

Drop an emoji in the comments for the show you're going to see!

🌙 Imagine The Moon
🔭 Planet Nine
🪐 Destination Solar System
🌃 Skywatch Live

Did you know this year’s #WorldSpaceWeek is celebrating #WomenInSpace? 🧑‍🚀🛰Learn about women in the space industry like ...
10/05/2021
Picturing Women in Astronomy and Space Exploration - Adler Planetarium - Google Arts & Culture

Did you know this year’s #WorldSpaceWeek is celebrating #WomenInSpace? 🧑‍🚀🛰

Learn about women in the space industry like Caroline Herschel, Margaret Bryan and other female astronomy trailblazers in our @googleartsculture online exhibit “Picturing women In Astronomy and Space Exploration”: bit.ly/3ejo7HE

In this 17th-century image, Urania, the muse of astronomy, presides over an imaginary gathering of great historical astronomers, all of them male. Astronom...

Thank you, stargazers. 💛 Thanks to you, over $1.5M was raised in support of our digital spaces at the Adler! 💛 Your gene...
10/04/2021

Thank you, stargazers. 💛 Thanks to you, over $1.5M was raised in support of our digital spaces at the Adler! 💛 Your generous #AdlerCBall donations will help us continue to connect with people across the globe. 🌎✨ We are so grateful for the support from our absolutely stellar Adler community—we can't say thank you enough!

#AdlerFanFeature [ 📷: Nick Lake ]

Thank you, stargazers. 💛 Thanks to you, over $1.5M was raised in support of our digital spaces at the Adler! 💛 Your generous #AdlerCBall donations will help us continue to connect with people across the globe. 🌎✨ We are so grateful for the support from our absolutely stellar Adler community—we can't say thank you enough!

#AdlerFanFeature [ 📷: Nick Lake ]

Happy spooky season! 🎃👻🕸 What can you look up at this #October? Venus will be dominating the night sky. You’ll also be a...
10/01/2021

Happy spooky season! 🎃👻🕸 What can you look up at this #October? Venus will be dominating the night sky. You’ll also be able to spot a few other planets this month, and the Hunters #FullMoon will appear on 10/20 🏹: bit.ly/3u4xLUz

Happy spooky season! 🎃👻🕸 What can you look up at this #October? Venus will be dominating the night sky. You’ll also be able to spot a few other planets this month, and the Hunters #FullMoon will appear on 10/20 🏹: bit.ly/3u4xLUz

09/30/2021
Adler Planetarium Roof

Wow, so shiny! ✨ Do you think our new copper roof could be seen from space? 😉 It will eventually fade to a stellar green-ish color due to oxidation over a period of time. The roof should be completed in just a few weeks, adding yet another beautiful #fall color to the #ChicagoSkyline. 🍂🍁
[ 📷 : Troop Contracting ]

🛰 Did you know that even from light polluted skies you can spot the International Space Station from Earth? It’s travel...
09/30/2021

🛰 Did you know that even from light polluted skies you can spot the International Space Station from Earth? It’s traveling pretty fast—speeding around our planet at almost 5 miles per second. 😲 This upcoming Sunday, there is a really good chance to see this orbiting laboratory from #Chicago. Learn how to find the space station in the night sky: youtu.be/xXHwffmOYCw

🛰 Did you know that even from light polluted skies you can spot the International Space Station from Earth? It’s traveling pretty fast—speeding around our planet at almost 5 miles per second. 😲 This upcoming Sunday, there is a really good chance to see this orbiting laboratory from #Chicago. Learn how to find the space station in the night sky: youtu.be/xXHwffmOYCw

Wait, wait, wait. ⭐️ Even with all of the light pollution in #Chicago, we can still see M15—in all its globular cluster ...
09/28/2021

Wait, wait, wait. ⭐️ Even with all of the light pollution in #Chicago, we can still see M15—in all its globular cluster glory—twinkling through the Doane Observatory telescope's eyepiece?? Yes, yes we can.👏🤩

🔭 Our 24" reflecting telescope can see some pretty stellar deep-space objects in our night sky. Messier 15 is located in the constellation Pegasus, a little over 33K light-years away from Earth. Fun fact: this extremely dense cluster of stars was discovered in 1746 by Jean-Dominique Maraldi and even has a black hole at its center. 🕳 This black hole is no ordinary black hole—it's known as an intermediate-mass black hole, which has more mass in it than a stellar black hole, but less mass than a supermassive black hole. 🤯

If you're interested in looking up at celestial objects like this with your own 👀, join our ‘Scopes at the Adler group for telescope observing opportunities all year long: bit.ly/3koZc8W

Wait, wait, wait. ⭐️ Even with all of the light pollution in #Chicago, we can still see M15—in all its globular cluster glory—twinkling through the Doane Observatory telescope's eyepiece?? Yes, yes we can.👏🤩

🔭 Our 24" reflecting telescope can see some pretty stellar deep-space objects in our night sky. Messier 15 is located in the constellation Pegasus, a little over 33K light-years away from Earth. Fun fact: this extremely dense cluster of stars was discovered in 1746 by Jean-Dominique Maraldi and even has a black hole at its center. 🕳 This black hole is no ordinary black hole—it's known as an intermediate-mass black hole, which has more mass in it than a stellar black hole, but less mass than a supermassive black hole. 🤯

If you're interested in looking up at celestial objects like this with your own 👀, join our ‘Scopes at the Adler group for telescope observing opportunities all year long: bit.ly/3koZc8W

The #Moon is everyone’s favorite celestial neighbor! For decades it has sparked imagination, inspiration, and provided u...
09/27/2021

The #Moon is everyone’s favorite celestial neighbor! For decades it has sparked imagination, inspiration, and provided us with countless amounts of information about the universe. 🌌🌕
✨ This tiny and shiny astronomical object from our #collection—believed to have been made in Germany around 1700—is a perpetual calendar. It is a device that tracks the phases of the Moon and even the day, month, and year.
📆 This little device would have been essential to civilizations to build calendars and set dates for holidays.
The Moon is much more than just a light in our night sky!

The #Moon is everyone’s favorite celestial neighbor! For decades it has sparked imagination, inspiration, and provided us with countless amounts of information about the universe. 🌌🌕
✨ This tiny and shiny astronomical object from our #collection—believed to have been made in Germany around 1700—is a perpetual calendar. It is a device that tracks the phases of the Moon and even the day, month, and year.
📆 This little device would have been essential to civilizations to build calendars and set dates for holidays.
The Moon is much more than just a light in our night sky!

We've almost reached our $1.5M #AdlerCBall goal! 💛 Last weekend, our largest fundraiser of the year set out to raise fun...
09/25/2021

We've almost reached our $1.5M #AdlerCBall goal! 💛 Last weekend, our largest fundraiser of the year set out to raise funds that directly support your favorite digital spaces at the Adler, which help us connect with people across the globe. 🌎

Thanks to our Adler community, we are only $17,000 away for reaching our goal! If you haven't had a chance to donate, there's still time—we hope you'll give today! Help us rocket past our $1.5M goal: bit.ly/37YuyM5

#AdlerFanFeature [ 📷: smailtronic on Instagram ]

We've almost reached our $1.5M #AdlerCBall goal! 💛 Last weekend, our largest fundraiser of the year set out to raise funds that directly support your favorite digital spaces at the Adler, which help us connect with people across the globe. 🌎

Thanks to our Adler community, we are only $17,000 away for reaching our goal! If you haven't had a chance to donate, there's still time—we hope you'll give today! Help us rocket past our $1.5M goal: bit.ly/37YuyM5

#AdlerFanFeature [ 📷: smailtronic on Instagram ]

Bundle up! ❄️🥶 Neptune—one of the two ice giants in our solar system—was discovered using mathematics on September 23,18...
09/24/2021

Bundle up! ❄️🥶 Neptune—one of the two ice giants in our solar system—was discovered using mathematics on September 23,1846! 🔭 John Couch Adams and Urbain Leverrier are the #astronomers who made the calculations that helped lead to the discovery of our blue celestial neighbor! 💙

We pulled this solar system map from our collection, and you’ll notice two planets, Leverrier and Herschel! Leverrier is the original name of #Neptune before it was eventually named after the Roman God of The Sea. #Uranus appears with the name Herschel, as it was discovered by William and Caroline Herschel!

What else catches your eye in this historic astronomical chart? 👀

Bundle up! ❄️🥶 Neptune—one of the two ice giants in our solar system—was discovered using mathematics on September 23,1846! 🔭 John Couch Adams and Urbain Leverrier are the #astronomers who made the calculations that helped lead to the discovery of our blue celestial neighbor! 💙

We pulled this solar system map from our collection, and you’ll notice two planets, Leverrier and Herschel! Leverrier is the original name of #Neptune before it was eventually named after the Roman God of The Sea. #Uranus appears with the name Herschel, as it was discovered by William and Caroline Herschel!

What else catches your eye in this historic astronomical chart? 👀

Whether you love a sunrise or sunset, #Chicagohenge is sure to catch your eye. 😍⛅️ Today—and for the next couple of days...
09/22/2021
Adler Planetarium on TikTok

Whether you love a sunrise or sunset, #Chicagohenge is sure to catch your eye. 😍⛅️ Today—and for the next couple of days—the Sun lines up perfectly with Chicago's east-west facing streets causing this spectacle to occur.
🍂 🍁 What a great way to kick off the #FallSeason: bit.ly/3u1CuWV

#Chicagohenge gives us all the #FallVibes 🍂☕️🌇#ChicagoBucketList #ChicagoThingsToDo #Fall #Autumn

Ahh—nothing like a beautiful #sunset in #Chicago that makes our hearts swoon. #Chicagohenge is one of the most spectacul...
09/21/2021

Ahh—nothing like a beautiful #sunset in #Chicago that makes our hearts swoon. #Chicagohenge is one of the most spectacular celestial events, don’t you think? 🌇 We can all thank the Earth’s yearly equinoxes and Chicago's grid street system for this solar masterpiece!

#AdlerFanFeature
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Let that farmer's tan line shine proud! The Harvest #FullMoon will rise after sunset tonight. 🚜🧑‍🌾  For several evenings...
09/20/2021

Let that farmer's tan line shine proud! The Harvest #FullMoon will rise after sunset tonight. 🚜🧑‍🌾 For several evenings after today, the moon rising will happen soon after #sunset, leading to bright moonlight early in the evening. The #HarvestMoon moonlight was helpful for farmers to harvest their crops late into the night before there was electricity! 💡

Let that farmer's tan line shine proud! The Harvest #FullMoon will rise after sunset tonight. 🚜🧑‍🌾 For several evenings after today, the moon rising will happen soon after #sunset, leading to bright moonlight early in the evening. The #HarvestMoon moonlight was helpful for farmers to harvest their crops late into the night before there was electricity! 💡

We can’t wait to hang with you during #AdlerCBall—our largest fundraiser of the year—tonight at 6pm! 💛  Donations made t...
09/18/2021

We can’t wait to hang with you during #AdlerCBall—our largest fundraiser of the year—tonight at 6pm! 💛 Donations made towards our $1.5M goal during this free digital event will help us continue to bring space science programming to everyone, anywhere. In honor of tonight's celebration, here's a little poem we hope makes you smile. Don't forget to set a reminder on YouTube to attend: youtu.be/5Es1IqKMh64

ADLER ANYWHERE
____________________
The Adler Adlers, rain or shine! ☀️
No matter what your age or sign, ♉
When you decide to Adler, too, 😄
There’s so much that you can do! 💫

Visit planets with your school 🚌
Do real science by the pool 🤳
Be like Saturn, spitting facts 🪐
Feed your mind with astro snacks 🍏

Tune in Wednesday, watch the sky 🔭
See great conjunctions passing by ✨
The sky is falling? Don’t you worry ☄️
Bake a space cake in a hurry 🎂

You can Adler on the dome 🎥
You can Adler in your home 🏡
You can Adler here or there 🚀
You can Adler anywhere! 🌎

We can’t wait to hang with you during #AdlerCBall—our largest fundraiser of the year—tonight at 6pm! 💛 Donations made towards our $1.5M goal during this free digital event will help us continue to bring space science programming to everyone, anywhere. In honor of tonight's celebration, here's a little poem we hope makes you smile. Don't forget to set a reminder on YouTube to attend: youtu.be/5Es1IqKMh64

ADLER ANYWHERE
____________________
The Adler Adlers, rain or shine! ☀️
No matter what your age or sign, ♉
When you decide to Adler, too, 😄
There’s so much that you can do! 💫

Visit planets with your school 🚌
Do real science by the pool 🤳
Be like Saturn, spitting facts 🪐
Feed your mind with astro snacks 🍏

Tune in Wednesday, watch the sky 🔭
See great conjunctions passing by ✨
The sky is falling? Don’t you worry ☄️
Bake a space cake in a hurry 🎂

You can Adler on the dome 🎥
You can Adler in your home 🏡
You can Adler here or there 🚀
You can Adler anywhere! 🌎

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1300 S Lake Shore Dr
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60605

CTA Bus #146 Southbound to Museum Campus

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10:30am - 2pm

Telephone

(312) 922-7827

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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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Hi, Will there be an Adler After Dark this year?
Blue Moon and Jupiter Brookfield, IL
If we are doing the City Walk near the Planetarium, is there any part of the facility open to viewing?
Is this open or closed currently?
Is there a planned re-opening date?
Aloha, The Super Flower Moon in Eclipse as seen from Kauai just now, through partly cloudy skies. Also our 40th wedding anniversary!
Interesting happenings at the Adler this Spring.
Any update on re-opening? Thanks.
When will you all be open again?
I'm planning to visit Chicago at the beginning of June. When do you plan to re-open?
So.. Gov Pritzker has officially announced that phase 5 will commence June 11. The Adler has long maintained that it will not reopen until Illinois is in phase 5. June 11 it is just one month away. Are plans underway to make this happen?
Are you open yet?